Government Popularity and the Falklands War: A Reassessment

  title={Government Popularity and the Falklands War: A Reassessment},
  author={David G Sanders and Hugh Ward and David Marsh and Tony Fletcher},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={281 - 313}
Mrs Thatcher's decisive and determined stand during the Falklands crisis in 1982 has been widely credited with restoring the electoral fortunes of the Conservative party in the run-up to the 1983 general election. This article argues that the Falklands war produced a boost to Conservative popularity of at most three percentage points for a period of only three months. Government popularity was already accelerating as a result of macroeconomic factors before the outbreak of the Falklands crisis… 

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