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Prime Ministers, Presidentialism and Westminster Smokescreens


Rhodes, RAW and Bevir, M, Prime Ministers, Presidentialism and Westminster Smokescreens, Political Studies, 54, (4) pp. 671-690. ISSN 0032-3217 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi: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 the Westminster model still exerts on many accounts of British politics. It acts as a smokescreen for the changes in executive politics.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:prime minister, Westminster, Whitehall, Blair presidency, British government, politics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Comparative government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rhodes, RAW (Professor Rod Rhodes)
ID Code:58532
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2009-10-13
Last Modified:2012-11-22
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