British Presidency: Tony Blair and the Politics of Public Leadership / Edition 2

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Makes a compelling argument about the increrased importance of political leaders and the changing style of leadership in Britain and the US. Introduces new concepts and backs them up with a convincing argument about the existence of a British 'presidency'. Completely up-to-date - the first convincing analysis of Tony Blair's leadership style. Locates the emergence of the New Labour project and its defining ideal of strong leadership within the context of Margaret Thatcher's conviction politics and the dysfunctional premiership of John Major. Concludes that Blair's rise to power and his dominating presence in government represents a decisive precedent and the standard against which his competitors and successors will be judge.
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Foley (international politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth) considers Blair's impact on his party, the British government, and the position of the Prime Minister. The book outlines Blair's strategies for consolidating executive power, maintaining public support, and promoting his own vision. The marginalization of the Labour party, the House of Commons, and the Cabinet are specifically considered. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719050169
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Foley is Professor of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Table of Contents

1. Prime ministerial government and the presidential analogy.

2. Outsiders and spatial leadership in modern American politics.

3. Moving in from the outside: the Thatcher precedent.

4. Moving in from the outside: the Blair phenomenon.

5. Going public and getting personal in the United States.

6. Presidential outreach and the development of British political leadership.

7. Major, Blair and the struggle for Public Outreach.

8. Leadership stretch in Britain.

9. The presidency and the premiership: power, nation and constitution.

10. Tony Blair and the British Presidential Dimension.

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