The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval

The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval

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Synopsis

In this timely book, Mark Garnett provides a bracing reassessment of the role of the British Prime Minister, from Margaret Thatcher's controversial tenure to Boris Johnson's attempt to confront a pandemic with a ministerial team created to face the very different challenge of Brexit. Taking a thematic approach, Garnett explores the impact of major political developments and personalities on key aspects of prime ministerial functions as party leader, Cabinet-maker, chief diplomat and electoral talisman. Much of the controversy over the position of Prime Minister, he concludes, arises from a confusion between the occupant's inescapable political prominence and his or her - often limited - ability to achieve positive policy outcomes. With both David Cameron and Theresa May forced to resign since 2016, the book questions whether the nature of the job has become a deterrent for politicians who are motivated by a desire to serve the British public, opening the way for individuals with much less laudable motivations.

Book information

ISBN: 9781509539369
Publisher: Polity Press
Imprint: Polity Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.086
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4228
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 444g
Height: 151mm
Width: 227mm
Spine width: 25mm