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Rhodes, R A W and Bevir, M (2006) Prime ministers, presidentialism and Westminster smokescreens. Political Studies, 54 (4). pp. 671-690. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

This article asks,‘how do practitioners understand the relationship between the prime minister, ministers and the rest of Westminster and Whitehall?’We focus on three topics. First, we review tales of a Blair presidency. Second, we explore the governance paradox in which people tell tales of a Blair presidency as they recount stories of British governance that portray it as fragmented with several decision-makers. Finally, we argue that this paradox reveals the distorting influence theWestminster model still exerts on many accounts of British politics. It acts as a smokescreen for the changes in executive politics.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Political Studies
Page Range: pp. 671-690
ISSN: 0032-3217
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00632.x
Additional Information: The definitive published version is available online at: http://interscience.wiley.com
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 06:15
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:48
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/7238
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