I have recently watched this presentation held by John Mearsheimer, professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and he argues that political leaders lie way more frequent to their own people than lying in the international relations (minute 30).

This seems to make sense since in the international relations one expects the other part to distrust you more than your own people, so it is more difficult to lie. I am interested if there is at least one study to back this up.

I will tag this with the US tag to narrow down the scope of the question. However, I would also accept answer involving Europe.

  • If you are asking about the United States by interstate do you mean different states in the United States or do you mean international and different countries. The United States is a country made up of 50 different states so you will need to clarify what you mean.
    – Joe W
    Apr 25, 2022 at 14:52
  • I mean "international and different countries". I will edit to clarify this.
    – Alexei
    Apr 25, 2022 at 15:45
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    I updated the title some to make it more clear that it is the international level and not talking about states within a country.
    – Joe W
    Apr 25, 2022 at 16:20


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