How Did It Happen?

  • Karl Pieragostini


How did Britain come to invest considerable resources, effort, and prestige in its commitment to Aden and South Arabia, only to scuttle the effort so abruptly? True, the decisions were made by Governments of very different political colour. But that is too trite an explanation. It fails to capture the intricate, confusing, and sometimes confused way decisions are actually produced. A richer explanation, which this books seeks to provide, incorporates the mix of images and processes that developed and changed over time. This chapter summarizes the way these factors combined, changed, and recombined during the periods of Conservative and Labour Government, finally producing the decision of early 1966. It closes with a brief discussion of the more general application of the model used in this study.


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Graham T. Allison, Essence of Decision (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    John D. Steinbruner, The Cybernetic Theory of Decision (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    J. W. Burton, Systems States Diplomacy and Rules (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968) p. 66.Google Scholar

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© Karl Pieragostini 1991

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