Ministerial and Cabinet Politics

  • G. M. Dillon


Falklands policy falls into two distinct periods under the Thatcher administration. The first ran from May 1979, when the Government took office, to January 1981, when it decided to abandon sovereignty negotiations. The second ran from January 1981 to 2 April 1982, when Argentina seized the Islands.


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  1. 13.
    Hastings and Jenkins, Battle for the Falklands, p. 54. See also Anthony Barnett, Iron Brittania (London: Allison and Busby, 1982) pp. 74–5.Google Scholar
  2. 46.
    Robert Jervis, Perception and Misperception in International Relations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976) p. 194.Google Scholar
  3. See also Roberta Wohlstetter, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962);Google Scholar
  4. and Robert Jervis, ‘Hypotheses on Misperception’, in J. Rosenau (ed.) International Politics and Foreign Policy (New York: The Free Press, 1969).Google Scholar
  5. 63.
    Quoted in R. N. Lebow, ‘Miscalculation in the South Atlantic: The Origins of the Falklands War’, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1. (March 1983) p. 14. See also the Franks Report, para. 329.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© G. M. Dillon 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Dillon
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  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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