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"Claims that British Prime Ministers have become more presidential ignore that a UK 1Prime Minister already enjoys much greater domestic power than a US president." Discuss. There are numerous pieces of evidence that suggest the rational role of the British Prime Minister is becoming more presidential Power can only be quantified or measured in relation to something. In terms of domestic power it is perhaps appropriate to define it in terms of ability to make more autonomous decisions. It has historically been believed that the UK Prime minister has more domestic power than the US president based on documented rights due to his ability to dominate his part, legislature and to an extent, the executive branch. He has substantial power over his party with no clear separation of power. ...read more.


It can be said that the British Prime Minister is becoming more presidential in general but it has a lot to do with the style of governing that each individual Prime Minister decides to use and more often than not, their personality. For example, Thatcher was more presidential, Major less so, Blair more again. The characteristics of presidential leadership include, spatial leadership which implies the leader is acting 'outside' of party politics, and developing a sense of distance from their party. 'Designer populism' - claiming to articulate the hopes and fears of the electorate and dependence on the leader for popular support. Finally a reliance more on independent advisors rather than governmental organizations. Evidence that Blair is presidential - poor voting record in the commons through his first 5 years of office. ...read more.


During Roosevelt's rain the economic collapse forced the public to look to the Presidency for a new domestic and economic agenda. Congress was slow and disordered in action, so there was a hope that the president could provide a strong, coherent plan and leadership to solve the problems in America. This was really a period of extension of federal power - but the president provided the leadership for this. "The Presidency is an office whose occupants are expected to deliver successful economic, foreign, defense, environmental and educational policy, and to provide the country with a vision and purpose."2 This newly expected role now implies the presidents role is far from limited to major political events. "Emergency is still a sufficient condition for Presidential domination, but it is no longer necessary"3 2 Bowles - ibid 3 Bowles - ibid ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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