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dc.contributor.authorWeller, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-09T01:30:20Z
dc.date.available2018-07-09T01:30:20Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn0155-0306
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/377692
dc.description.abstractThis article disaggregates some of the debates that underpin claims that prime ministers have become too powerful. Since conventions are ambiguous and there is no constitutionally valid job description, prime ministers in Westminster systems can largely determine what they want to do and how they do it. They always did; the tests are political, not constitutional. The argument that prime ministerial government has replaced cabinet government presents a false dichotomy as prime ministers work through cabinet as often as they act individually. The idea that modern prime ministers seek power in a way that their predecessors did not ignores the evidence of history; the accusations are as old as the prime ministership. Technology indeed allows them to do things their predecessors could not, but the drive to power can be found in the history of prime ministers in every country and in every age.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSocial Alternatives Collective
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.socialalternatives.com/issues/search-leadership
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom5
dc.relation.ispartofpageto11
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Alternatives
dc.relation.ispartofvolume36
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160699
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1608
dc.title'The Modern Autocrat': Myths and debates about the power of prime ministers
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, School of Government and International Relations
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gro.griffith.authorWeller, Patrick M.


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