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Discuss the view that the power of the Prime Minister is in decline

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Discuss the view that the power of the Prime Minister is in decline At the current time, their is a wide held belief that the power of the Prime Minister is falling. This is mainly due to the coalition government, and the power than the minority Liberal Democrat party now has over the Conservatives and the Prime Minister. The power of the Prime Minister is in question as it seems that due to the coalition, the Prime Minister is unable to get things done because he is being forced into compromise so that the bill can be passed in a form that both coalition parties can put their backing to. the coalition has meant that there has to have a higher sense of "collective responsibility" decisions have to be made with more of the cabinet involved so that that there is a sense of bipartisanship and so that a Bill is not being shouted down on the floor of the Commons by a member of the government that is presenting it to the House as a whole. There is copious evidence of the Prime Minister's dominance over the political system. ...read more.


However, while this does show the power of parts of the cabinet, it is likely that the Prime Minister would still exert a huge amount of influence over the committee, and would, most likely, get the bills that they wanted in the speech into it, with a few concessions. The power of the Prime Minister could be seen to be in decline depending on who it is that takes office. Different Prime Minister will have different personalities and will therefore have different ruling styles. If a more collegiate Prime Minister is in office, then it is likely that people will begin to feel that there is a decrease in the power of the Prime Minister. On the other hand, when there is a more presidential Prime Minister situated in number 10, then people are likely to say that the Prime Minister is gaining power. There has, in recent years, been more of a shift to a presidential form of government within the UK, and this comes from the "cult of personality" that each Prime Minister has brought with them. Many people vote for the party that they do, not based on the MP that will be representing them, but rather on the leader of that party, and on what they perceive the leader's personality to be. ...read more.


This reliance on information weakens the Prime Minister rather than strengthens them. Bad information and poor policy making reflects worse on the Prime Minister compared to a Minister, as it is the Prime Minister that is the figure head for the government, despite the fact that they are merely meant to represent their party. There has been an increase in the perception of the Prime Minister becoming more powerful, rather than less, caused by a change in how the country sees the Prime Minister. It was Blair that was the first Prime Minister under the proper start of 24 hour news. It is the managing of the media that influences how we see the power of the Prime Minister, along with the state of the government as a whole. A weak Prime Minister, i.e. one with a small majority is going to be forced to use their power less and consult more and they need all the internal party support that they can get, whereas a Prime Minister that has a large majority is likely to be able to lead rather than represent due to the fact that they have more freedom as they have a larger basis to appeal for support from Jonty Edgar ...read more.

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