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Blair's War on Terror: Selling Intervention to Middle England

Holland, J (2012) Blair's War on Terror: Selling Intervention to Middle England British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 14 (1). pp. 74-95.

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In December 2009 Tony Blair indicated that he would have pursued a policy of intervention in Iraq regardless of Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction. In this situation he would merely have had to employ alternative arguments. Such a statement should come as little surprise. Blair's language throughout his prime ministership was highly strategic; it was framed to achieve support from his primary target audience, ‘Middle England’. Two key tropes—rationality and leadership—were repeatedly deployed in order to sell Blair's wars to the British public. This article demonstrates how Blair's strategically framed language was politically enabling in three analytical moments, helping to craft a conceivable, coercive and communicable British foreign policy discourse.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Holland, J
Date : February 2012
DOI : 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00469.x
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Additional Information : © 2011 The Author. British Journal of Politics and International Relations © 2011 Political Studies Association. The definitive version is available at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Sep 2012 15:04
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:15

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