‘Special relationships’ : the negotiation of an Anglo-American propaganda ‘War on Terror’

Briant, Emma Louise (2011) ‘Special relationships’ : the negotiation of an Anglo-American propaganda ‘War on Terror’. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This doctoral thesis will examine how relations between the United States and Britain, and internal dynamics within each country, affected the nature and development of the two countries’ information strategies in a shared theatre of war. It examines the two governments’ distinct organisational cultures and bureaucratic structures in explaining the shape this took. Going beyond the policy level it considers how cultures and power relationships contributed to propaganda war planning. The research emphasises important changes in policy development and circumstance which, it is argued, despite the obvious power imbalance, situated Britain in a key position in the Anglo-American propaganda effort. The analysis draws on empirical research conducted in both countries. This fieldwork involved elite interviews focussing on the period of the ‘War on Terror’, including policymakers, key bureaucrats, intelligence personnel, contractors and military planners in both Britain and America.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Propaganda, War on Terror, Anglo-American Relations
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Philo, Prof. Greg
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Miss Emma L Briant
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-2840
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:00
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2840

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