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The Prime Ministers' Craft: Why Some Succeed and Others Fail in Westminster Systems

Patrick Weller


Prime ministers are presented as ever-more powerful figures; at the same time they seem to fail more regularly. How can the public image be so different from the apparent experience? This book seeks to answer this conundrum. It examines the myth that prime ministers are growing more powerful or that prime ministerial government has replaced cabinet government, and explores the way that prime ministers work and how they use the available levers of power to build support across the political system. Prime ministers have the potential to exercise extensive power; to do so they need to exercise th ... More

Keywords: prime ministerial government, cabinet government, parliament, public figures, elections, Prime Ministers Offices, Cabinet Offices, institutional arrangements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199646203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Weller, author
Professor Emeritus of Politics, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University