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Although bounded causes similar to Cabinet politics, the four factors arrayed there are also different. These four variables add specificity and depth to our framework of the coalition-building process on the east of Suez issue. Whereas the politics of personality and power in the Cabinet tend to be inconsistent, varying greatly depending upon the specific mix of political players involved, the following explanatory variables are generalizable to other periods and to other nations. 1 while the other bounded causes rest outside.

DeWitt Armstrong observes that long after 1945 a 'firm belief' persisted within Britain's foreign policy establishment that: Britain would always be able to control her destiny because of the great power that resided in the chain of strategic bases stretching across much of the world. The capture of some in World War II and 32 Britain's Withdrawal from East of Suez the loss of others since ... have only lowered the amount of power visualized, not the fact that power is believed to repose innately in a chain of bases.

It would provide the opportunity for change. To understand the east of Suez decision, we must also grasp when the positions of different policy-relevant groups altered and how they influenced the coalition-building process. 44 To do this, the four groups, or really layers, of elite opinion which are the most identifiable and influential in the British foreign policy process are analyzed. 45 Attitudes among ministers, mandarins, Members of Parliament (MPs ), and the articulate public are studied.

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