- List of Contributors
- Puzzles of Political Leadership
- Western Political Thought
- Theory of Democratic Leadership
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Political Psychology
- Psychoanalytic Theories
- Social Psychology
- Rational Choice Approaches to Leadership
- Institutional Analysis
- Contextual Analysis
- Decision Analysis
- Social-Constructionist Analysis
- Rhetorical and Performative Analysis
- Experimental Analysis
- Observational Analysis
- At-A-Distance Analysis
- Biographical Analysis
- Personality Profiling Analysis
- Civic Leadership
- Party and Electoral Leadership
- Populism and Political Leadership
- Performative Political Leadership
- Political Leadership in Networks
- Political Leadership in Times of Crisis
- Leadership and the American Presidency
- Presidential Communication from Hustings to Twitter
- Executive Leadership in Semi-Presidential Systems
- The Variability of Prime Ministers
- The Contingencies of Prime-Ministerial Power in the UK
- Prime Ministers and their Advisers in Parliamentary Democracies
- Cabinet Ministers: Leaders, Team Players, Followers?
- Local Political Leaders
- Regional Political Leadership
- Leadership and International Cooperation
- Leadership of International Organizations
- Political Leadership in China
- Latin American Leadership
- Post-Communist Leadership
- African Political Leadership
- Can Political Leadership be Taught?
- Does Gender Matter?
- What Have We Learned?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
In exercising leadership, prime ministers must attain the compliance of individuals such as cabinet ministers. The extent to which premiers can secure such cooperation depends to a substantial extent on personal and political considerations and circumstances. Consequently prime ministers depend upon forces that are not within their immediate control; and the bases for the authority of premiers are changeable. They are subject to what can be termed ‘power contingencies’. It is necessary to develop an analytical framework wide enough fully to incorporate the role of contingencies; and to assess patterns over time through historical analysis. Discussions of prime-ministerial power can be grouped into two broad schools. The first emphasizes prime-ministerial dominance; the second stresses the constraints upon the power of the premier, and tends to place greater emphasis on contingencies. An important theme in a number of theoretical approaches to the premiership is the relationship between individual premiers and the wider environment within which they function. Through applying historical and theoretical analysis, the authors identify various errors in existing literature. Research opportunities exist in the study of the operation of the UK premiership within the coalition government formed in 2010.
Dr Andrew Blick is Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London. His works include People Who Live in the Dark: The History of the Special Adviser in British Politics (2004); and, with Peter Hennessy The Hidden Wiring Emerges: The Cabinet Manual and the Working of the British Constitution (2011). He is writing Beyond Magna Carta: A Constitution for the United Kingdom, which will commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, which falls in 2015, and place this ancient document in a contemporary context. Dr Blick provides research support to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in its inquiry into codifying or not codifying the UK constitution. He has provided expert advice to the United Nations Development Programme, the European Commission, European Parliament and the government of Japan. In the UK he has advised the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet Office, and the National Audit Office.
George Jones has from 2003 been Emeritus Professor of Government at LSE where he was Professor of Government between 1976 and 2003. He authored, co-authored and edited a number of books, chapters and articles on British central and local government, including the biography of Herbert Morrison: B. Donoughue and G. W. Jones, Herbert Morrison: Portrait of a Politician (1973) and (2001). He has written about advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet in J. M. Lee, G. W. Jones and J. Burnham, At the Centre of Whitehall (1998); and a study of prime ministers in G. W. Jones (ed.), West European Prime Ministers (1991). He wrote the first study of the private secretaries of prime ministers in G. W. Jones, “The Prime Ministers’ secretaries: politicians or administrators?” in J. G. Griffith (ed.), From Politics to Administration (1975). He reflected on “Cabinet government since Bagehot” in R. Blackburn (ed.) Constitutional Studies (1992). He was a member of the National Consumer Council (1991–9), and Chairman of its Public Services Committee (1992–8). He was a member of the Layfield Committee on Local Government Finance (1974–6) and of the Department of the Environment’s Joint Working Party on the Internal Management of Local Authorities (1992–3).
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