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Contributions to Political Science

The British Prime Minister in the Core Executive

Political Leadership in British European Policy

Authors: Bujard, Birgit

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  • Examines the UK prime minister’s political leadership in the domestic executive
  • Offers a comparative study of the political leadership of James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair with regard to European monetary policy
  • Challenges the thesis that British prime ministers today have more power, resources and autonomy than their predecessors
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This book examines the UK prime minister’s political leadership in the domestic executive. By offering a comparative study of the political leadership of James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair with regard to European monetary policy, it challenges the thesis that British prime ministers today have more power, resources and autonomy than their predecessors, giving them a greater capacity to act. 
Taking key European monetary policy decisions by the British government between 1976 and 2007 as empirical cases, the book assesses the extent to which the political leadership of each prime minister was affected by the cabinet, the parliamentary party as well as the media, and the extent to which he or she was able to manage these factors. It becomes clear from this analysis that prime ministerial predominance is not as frequent as suggested, while collective leadership does not represent a return to cabinet government. Moreover, particularly the party in government affects the prime minister’s leadership by shaping his or her options on appointments (and therefore the composition of the core executive), and through its behaviour in parliament, e.g. through rebellions or the threat of them. 


About the authors

Birgit Bujard is managing director of the German Society for Online Research (DGOF). Her research in political science focuses on British European policy and the relationship between Great Britain and the European Union.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Prime Ministerial Political Leadership and British European Policy: An Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Bujard, Birgit

  • Theoretical Framework: Prime Ministerial Political Leadership in the British Political System

    Pages 13-30

    Bujard, Birgit

  • The United Kingdom and European Monetary Policy 1976–2007: Exchange Rate Mechanism and Economic and Monetary Union

    Pages 31-40

    Bujard, Birgit

  • European Policy-Making and Coordination in Executive and Legislature 1976–2007

    Pages 41-51

    Bujard, Birgit

  • Attitudes to European Integration

    Pages 53-71

    Bujard, Birgit

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89953-4
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-07903-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The British Prime Minister in the Core Executive
Book Subtitle
Political Leadership in British European Policy
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Political Science
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89953-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89953-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89952-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07903-1
Series ISSN
2198-7289
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 268
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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