This comprehensive account of a crucial but rather neglected aspect of British government examines the role and significance of the prime minister and cabinet today. Post-war premiers and their cabinets up to and including 1997 provide the focus. The prime minister's role and functions and how the office is won and lost are also featured. Relations with parliament, the party, the voters and the media, and the sources of advice available to the prime minister are examined. The book concludes with an account of the working of the cabinet.
About the Author
Graham P. Thomas is Lecturer in Politics at Reading College of Technology.
Table of ContentsPreface
Introduction: The Evolution of the Cabinet and the Emergence of the Prime Minister
Prime Ministers and their Cabinets since 1945: Attlee to Wilson
Prime Ministers and their Cabinets since 1945: Heath to Major
Post-War Prime Ministers: Gaining and Losing Office
The Power of the Prime Minister
The Functions of a Prime Minister
The Prime Minister and the Wider World: Relations with Parliament, the Party and the Electorate
Prime Ministers and the Parties since 1945
The Prime Minister and the Media
Sources of Advice to the Prime Minister
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