Prime ministers, presidentialism and Westminster smokescreens
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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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00632.x
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.
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|Deposited By:||Professor R A W Rhodes|
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