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Title: An examination of the formulation and implementation of British defence policy, 1979-89.
Author: Dorman, Andrew Mark.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3429 4113
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis seeks to examine the evolution of defence policy within the MoD during the period 1979-89. It focuses on the dynamics of policy formulation and implementation within the MoD at the highest level, taking into account the political context, both d~mestic and international, in which defence policy evolved. It shows how the different dimensions to policy: declaratory, military strategy and procurement, interacted with one another and concludes that no single dimension was dominant for the entire period. To undertake this task the thesis uses the concept of concentric time-cycles operating within the Ministry of Defence. This provides a means of understanding: firstly, the objectives and priorities of the various actors involved; and secondly, the areas of policy they were most able to influence. It gives a clear understanding of how policy evolved within the MoD over a specific period of time and the factors that lay behind these changes. In particular, it shows that the way in which the various actors thought was generally a reflection of the time-cycle they were in.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: MoD; Ministry of Defence; Military; Strategy