Prime Ministers In Power: Political Leadership In Britain And Australia

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byMark Bennister

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A study of prime ministerial leadership in Britain and Australia. Tony Blair and John Howard were election winning leaders in two similar countries. They succeeded in dominating politics for over 10 years, but both fell dramatically from office. This book asks how these prime ministers established such predominant positions.

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A study of prime ministerial leadership in Britain and Australia. Tony Blair and John Howard were election winning leaders in two similar countries. They succeeded in dominating politics for over 10 years, but both fell dramatically from office. This book asks how these prime ministers established such predominant positions.

MARK BENNISTER Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He has published on comparative prime ministerial leadership. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, University College London. He was previously a Teaching Fellow at UCL and Sussex University. He has worked for the Australian High Com...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.67 × 5.68 × 0.84 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230273211

ISBN - 13:9780230273214

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Table of Contents

PART I
Introduction: Comparing Prime Ministers
PART II
Cabinet as a Resource
Prime Minster and Party
Controlling and Strengthening the Centre
PART III
Prime Ministers: Personal Capacity
Splendid Isolation: Personalisation and Autonomy
PART IV
Comparative Perspectives and Conclusions
Notes
References

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"Mark Bennister's book will be essential reading for all students of prime ministerial power and executive governance. He moves the debate onto new territory, using a comparative approach (looking at Tony Blair in Britain and John Howard in Australia) and integrating analysis of institutional and party factors, personal skills and leadership styles. Bennister is a careful, systematic and forensic analyst. The book offers many insights into Blair and Howard's long years of predominance but works successfully also as a primer on how to go about making sense in general of Prime Ministers as political leaders." - Kevin Theakston, Professor of British Government, University of Leeds, UK