The Politics of Strategic Policy, 1919–26

  • John Robert Ferris
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


Strategic policy sprang from politics. It was made on the margins of power and responsibility of several elements of the government. The Cabinet defined the priorities between the government’s aims and approved policies for each department. The latter executed these policies, which regulated their claims on government resources. The relationship between ministers and departments was dynamic and all of their decisions were inter-related. Two independent factors determined the evolution of strategic policy. One was the random evolution of politics and the other was the constant process of bureaucracy.


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1 The Politics of Strategic Policy, 1919–26

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  • John Robert Ferris
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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