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

  • Birgit Bujard
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Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

Abstract

This chapter sets out the theoretical framework for the study of the prime minister’s political leadership in European monetary policy. Firstly, different approaches to the study of political leadership are introduced. Moreover, concepts of the British political system are identified. They include the classical Westminster approach and Patrick Dunleavy’s and Roderick Rhodes’ core executive concept. Additionally, concepts to assess the prime minister’s political leadership in government decision-making are considered. These include Martin J. Smith’s model of prime ministerial power and Richard Heffernan’s thesis of prime ministerial predominance. On the basis of these, a modified model of prime ministerial power is developed. It is used to identify whether the four prime minister’s leadership analysed in this study was predominant or collective in European monetary policy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birgit Bujard
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  1. 1.CologneGermany

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