Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives

Hardcover | April 10, 2013

EditorPaul Strangio, Paul t Hart, James Walter

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century prime ministers loom larger in the consciousness of their nations than perhaps in any previous era. But how well do we really understand the variables of prime-ministerial performance, and, specifically, why some prime ministers apparently flourishin the role while others wither? This study examines how prime ministers perform as leaders of their governments, parties, and nations. It offers new ways of thinking about prime-ministerial power and leadership, and systematic empirical studies of prime-ministerial leadership practices in fourWestminster democracies: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The volume features contributions from leading political scientists from all of these countries and is organised into three major sections: understanding power in prime-ministerial performance, prime ministers and their parties, and evaluating prime-ministerial performance. Through its collaborativeand multifaceted approach the volume demonstrates that there are no hard and fast propositions or rules of thumb to capture what it is that makes us think of some prime ministers as so much more effective than others. Instead it highlights the importance for students of executive government to graspthe contingent interplay between personal, institutional, and contextual factors in understanding and evaluating prime-ministerial performance.

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century prime ministers loom larger in the consciousness of their nations than perhaps in any previous era. But how well do we really understand the variables of prime-ministerial performance, and, specifically, why some prime ministers apparently flourishin the role while others wither? This study ...

Paul Strangio is a specialist in Australian political history with a particular focus on political parties and political leadership at both national and state level. He has published widely in the field as the author and editor of some ten books over the past decade, including biography and party history. Paul is also a leading commen...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:April 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Paul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter: Prime Ministers and the Performance of Public LeadershipPart I Understanding Power in Prime-Ministerial PerformancePaul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter: Introduction to Part I2. James Walter: Personal Style, Institutional Setting and Historical Opportunity: Prime-Ministerial Performance in Context3. Keith Dowding: Power in Prime-Ministerial Performance: Institutional and Personal Factors4. Matthew Laing and Brendan McCaffrie: Chapter 4 The Politics Prime Ministers Make: Political Time and Executive Leadership in Westminster Systems5. Patricia Lee Sykes: Gendering Prime-Ministerial PowerPart II Prime Ministers and Their PartiesPaul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter: Introduction to Part II6. Timothy Heppell: Prime Ministers and Their Parties in the United Kingdom7. Jonathan Malloy: Prime Ministers and Their Parties in Canada8. Judith Brett: Prime Ministers and Their Parties in Australia9. Jon Johansson: Prime Ministers and Their Parties in New ZealandPart III Evaluating Prime-Ministerial PerformancePaul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter: Introduction to Part III10. Kevin Theakston: Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The British Experience11. Stephen Azzi and Norman Hillmer: Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Canadian Experience12. Paul Strangio: Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Australian Experience13. Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine: Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The New Zealand Experience14. R.A.W. Rhodes: From Prime-Ministerial Leadership to Court Politics