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Rhodes, R A W and Bevir, M 2006 , 'Prime ministers, presidentialism and Westminster smokescreens' , Political Studies, vol. 54, no. 4 , pp. 671-690 , doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00632.x.

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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
Authors/Creators:Rhodes, R A W and Bevir, M
Journal or Publication Title: Political Studies
ISSN: 0032-3217
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00632.x
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