Groupthink is one of the most popular and extensively discussed approaches in studying small group decision-making. However, the methodological question of how to make concurrence-seeking, as the key element of groupthink, visible has received insufficient attention. To make group decision behind closed doors more visible and methodologically advance groupthink theory, I introduce Discourse Network Analysis and apply it to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Results demonstrate that the US decision to go to war was based on a sudden and undisputed threat-perception that exhibited hasty concurrence-seeking. Given this threat-perception, and a fierce struggle between advocates of a diplomatic solution and supporters of a military response, the United States chose a military strategy—one that inevitably resulted in war.
Foreign Policy Analysis, orx009, https://academic.oup.com/fpa/article/doi/10.1093/fpa/orx009/4431031/Making-Concurrence-Seeking-Visible-Groupthink