Dr Judith Betts who delivered writing and policy workshops for Ethos CRS has run a very critical eye over how governments march to war.
In The Iraq War and Democratic Governance, Judith Betts and her colleague Dr Mark Phythian examine decisions by John Howard and Tony Blair to take their nations into the 2003 Iraq War, and the questions these decisions raise about democratic governance.
They explore the significance of the US alliance in UK and Australian decision-making, and the process for taking a nation to war. Relying on primary government documents and interviews, and bringing together various strands of literature that have so far been discussed in isolation – including historical accounts, party politics, prime ministerial leadership and intelligence studies. The authors provide a comprehensive and original view on the various post-war inquiries conducted in the UK, Australia.
Judith Betts now teaches government and political communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Mark Phythian teaches in the School of History, Politics &; International Relations at the University of Leicester.
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