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The Blair Identity: Leadership and Foreign Policy

Stephen Benedict Dyson


Why did Tony Blair take Britain to war with Iraq? Because, this book argues, he was following the core political beliefs and style—the Blair identity—manifest and consistent throughout his decade in power. Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and finally Iraq were wars to which Blair was drawn due to his black-and-white framing of the world, his overwhelming confidence that he could shape events, and his tightly-held, presidential style of government. This new application of political psychology to the British prime ministership analyses every answer Blair gave to a foreign policy question in th ... More

Keywords: Tony Blair, war with Iraq, political psychology, British prime ministership, British foreign policy, House of Commons, decade in power, prime minister, decision maker, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079993
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Benedict Dyson, author