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

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Overview

The Premiership of Tony Blair has not only reaffirmed previous trends towards leader-centered parties and governments, it has provided a decisive change in the development of a British presidency. The strategies and techniques designed to secure and expand Blair’s public outreach, together with the priority attached to the prime minister’s personal pledges and individual vision have propelled the office into new dimensions of independence. Michael Foley argues that the ascendancy of Blair is not an aberration, but rather a culmination of trends that have established vigorous leadership as a key criterion of political evaluation and governing competence. This edition is completely up-to-date, including the first convincing analysis of Tony Blair's leadership style.

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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 (booknews.com)
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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: 6.18 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Prime Ministerial Government and the Presidential Analogy
• Outsiders and Spatial Leadership in Modern American Politics
• Moving in from the Outside: The Thatcher Precedent
• Moving in from the Outside: The Blair Phenomenon
• Going Public and Getting Personal in the United States
• Presidential Outreach and the Development of British Political Leadership
• Major, Blair and the Struggle for Public Outreach
• Tony Blair and the British Presidential Dimension

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