Assumptions, Visions, and Workloads
Prime ministers have no job description. They must exercise their prerogative powers to run the systems of government but, apart from those duties, they must determine what they see as important, how they will spend their time and what priorities they will set. This chapter explores how they approach their job; it identifies the importance of prior experience. Some prime ministers have never even been in office and must learn fast to define a strategy and learn how to manage their colleagues, even while they come to terms with the challenges of the job. Others have decades of experience and know what they want to do. Prime ministers’ working practices will differ; there is no one proper way of doing the job, even though they will share a number of common dilemmas.
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