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The Foreign Politics of Opposition: Margaret Thatcher and the Transatlantic Relationship before Power

Cooper, James (2010) The Foreign Politics of Opposition: Margaret Thatcher and the Transatlantic Relationship before Power. Contemporary British History, 24 (1). pp. 23-42.

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Abstract

As Leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher undertook visits across the Atlantic, establishing an international profile and formulating a political narrative that would offer a new economic approach to the British electorate. This article will use Thatcher's visits to the America/USA as a case study of how domestic Opposition leaders can establish an international profile. It will examine how Thatcher's transatlantic trips were conducted and reported; how Thatcher negotiated the politics of meeting foreign leaders; and, finally, it will assess how far Thatcher could go as an Opposition leader in staking out her own position without undermining unwritten diplomatic codes. The article concludes that Thatcher's transatlantic trips were a successful case in point for Opposition Leaders.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13619460903565358
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA566 20th century
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3838

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