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The British Presidency - Michael Foley

The British Presidency

Paperback Published: 19th October 2000
ISBN: 9780719050169
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

List of figures and tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
The Blair revolution and the presidential standardp. 1
Blair and the American connectionp. 4
Disputing the presidential analogyp. 10
The grand old debatep. 13
The Thatcher effectp. 17
The American presidency and the politics of British leadershipp. 22
Outsiders and spatial leadership in modern American politicsp. 30
Past masters: Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clintonp. 31
Minding the gapp. 45
Leadership against Washingtonp. 49
The Perot phenomenonp. 51
Distance learningp. 53
Moving in from the outside: the Thatcher precedentp. 60
The rank outsiderp. 60
A personal manifestop. 62
A populist insurgentp. 65
Thatcher in spacep. 68
Thatcher's understudies: (1) David Steel, David Owen, Paddy Ashdownp. 73
Thatcher's understudies: (2) Neil Kinnockp. 76
Thatcher's understudies: (3) John Majorp. 81
Moving in from the outside: the Blair phenomenonp. 88
Spatial leadership and New Labourp. 90
Blair v. Clause Fourp. 93
The populist counterpointp. 96
Daring to be Thatcherp. 98
A personal contract with Britainp. 102
The prime minister and 'the people'p. 104
A premier apartp. 106
Blair at a distancep. 110
Going public and getting personal in the United Statesp. 116
Going publicp. 116
'The great communicator'p. 120
Getting personalp. 124
Presidential campaigning and the 'new media'p. 128
The permanent campaignp. 132
Bob Dolep. 135
Trendsp. 137
John Major, Tony Blair and the struggle for public outreachp. 146
The implosion of the Major governmentp. 146
Relapse into leadership feverp. 150
Getting Major acrossp. 152
Back to basicsp. 154
Crisis in the premier's linkage to the publicp. 156
Labour and the rise of Millbankp. 159
Conservative responses to Millbankp. 162
Opting for a presidential electionp. 165
The British Perotp. 167
Leadership campaigningp. 169
The presidential debate issuep. 171
Tony Blair and the professionalisation of public outreachp. 175
Fighting personality with personalityp. 181
Governing as New Labourp. 184
The disciplines and priorities of news managementp. 188
'Blair direct'p. 190
The strains of displacementp. 195
Leadership stretch in Britainp. 205
Campaign exposurep. 209
Keep on runningp. 214
Leaders, polls and listsp. 220
Leadership 'effect' and leadership affectp. 233
The presidency and the premiership: power, constitution and nationp. 240
Powerp. 241
Constitutionp. 259
Nationp. 273
Tony Blair and the British presidential dimensionp. 301
Blair and Labourp. 301
Blair and parliamentp. 306
Blair and the government machinep. 310
Factors in premier-cabinet relations: (1) New Labour culturep. 314
Factors in premier-cabinet relations: (2) Blair's personal preferencesp. 316
Factors in premier-cabinet relations: (3) origins of leadershipp. 317
A presidency in contentionp. 319
The case againstp. 323
Arguing against the grainp. 329
Rubber bands, riddles and the species barrierp. 332
British political leadership and the presidential dimensionp. 339
William Hague and the imperative of the Blair modelp. 343
A very British presidencyp. 348
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780719050169
ISBN-10: 0719050162
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 19th October 2000
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2