Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2015

ICSID, public opinion and the effect of (hypothetical) elite messaging

Alexandra Guisinger, Alisha Anderson

August 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


This Perspective presents a unique survey of American public opinion on ICSID, and via a survey experiment demonstrates that attempts to increase public support by Republicans or Democrats would likely backfire. Only bi-partisan framing of ICSID can positively move public opinion.