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Choosing a Prime Minister: The Transfer of Power in Britain

Rodney Brazier


This unique book for the first time makes a precise analysis of all the possible circumstances in which a politician can become, and cease to be, the British Prime Minister. A critical examination is made of all the relevant constitutional conventions, precedents, non-legal codes, historical events, and law. Of the holders of the office since 1902 (the starting date for the book) more individuals have obtained the office in circumstances other than following a General Election. The book follows a sequence beginning with how a Prime Minister can lose power (for example losing an election, illne ... More

Keywords: British Prime Minister, constitutional history, constitutional conventions, Ministers, Cabinet, becoming Prime Minister, change of Prime Minister, caretaker premiers, losing the premiership, General Elections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198859291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198859291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodney Brazier, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester