Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Presidentialisation pm
Is the PM now effectively a president?
Prerogative powers increasingly important – foreign affairs, military – PM has become commander in chief and leader of foreign policy With the growth of SPADs there is effectively a ‘PM’s department similar to EXOP Media emphasis on the PM – 2010 GE SPATIAL leadership PM is increasingly separated from the govt and is seen as a lone figure
PM is not head of state – spokesperson for the nation? More limitations on PM.......................... PM does not have a separate source of authority from the rest of the government – presidents directly responsible to the people Weak PMs – presidential image/style?
Thatcher Major Blair Brown Cameron
Thatcher -dominated political system – 1982 – 89,dominant ideology, demise of Cabinet, Falklands War and international statesperson Ultimately removed by party colleagues not the electorate
Gulf War – led foreign policy Consensual approach Not a dominant personality Divided Cabinet Without a strong majority International profile?
Growth of spads Commander in chief – Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan World statesman Bilateral meetings/weakened Cabinet Driven out of office by party colleagues? Iraq war – undermined his authority
Dominant personal leadership position at home and abroad during the financial crisis Personal standing in the country steadily declined Limited by divided Cabinet Presidential style?
International statesperson – EU, Libya Commander in chief – Libya Impact of coalition government Mandate to govern?