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Defence Policy under the Labour Government: Operational Dynamism and Strategic Inertia’

Dyson, PTA (2011) Defence Policy under the Labour Government: Operational Dynamism and Strategic Inertia’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 13 (2). pp. 206-229.

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Abstract

This article examines the process and outcome of defence reform under the Labour government, with a particular focus on the structuring of military input to defence planning. It argues that UK defence reform has been characterised by dynamism at the tactical and operational levels but that organisational politics between the services has impacted upon decisions surrounding defence capability procurement and force posture. The core executive has been able to structure military input to defence planning effectively at the tactical and operational levels. However, the core executive's capacity to provide clear guidance on the balance to be struck between capabilities and force postures relevant to contemporary and future conflict scenarios has been impeded by the British electoral cycle. Neo-classical realism provides, therefore, compelling analytical leverage in conceptualising British defence reform.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
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Date : May 2011
Identification Number : 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2010.00430.x
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Dyson PTA. Defence Policy under the Labour Government: Operational Dynamism and Strategic Inertia. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 13(2):206-229, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-856X.2010.00430.x
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 May 2014 08:38
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/27639

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