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The Increased Power of the Prime Minister

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Increased Power of the Prime Minister The duties the Prime Minister is able to perform have strengthened the role of the Prime Minister over the Cabinet. These factors include the ability to reshuffle and appoint his own Cabinet members which gives him more power over the Cabinet himself, considering he is able to choose the people who will not speak out against him. Furthermore, the PM's acts are considered under the royal prerogative, as he is appointed officially by the ruling monarch as the leader of both the government home and abroad, which has a higher power over the Cabinet. The PM is also able to make his own decisions, although usually getting help from the Cabinet, it is overall his word that is most powerful and many of his Cabinet members would back him up in any case. The factors here all involve some sort of extra power that the PM has, that the Cabinet do not. ...read more.


It is this rapid growth of PM power that means that the growth has not been in a steady straight line, but due to influence from perhaps the West (USA). Tony Blair can definitely be a past Prime Minister named to be involved in the overall development of this new PM role. His regime is always said to have been very "presidential" and often compared to the role of the US president, at the time mostly being George Bush, whom he had been very influenced by during the Iraq War. It can be argued that Blair's methods of running the country have changed the role of the PM - he developed the de-factor Prime Minister's Office which had before not existed. This is seen to be presidential as the US president also has an office of advisors that help him and the executive. Furthermore, he used a lot of advisors before he made the main decisions - another point suggesting an increased amount of power for the PM. ...read more.


to a presidential style of leader just as Bush was, especially with the events surrounding the Iraq War, where there was increased pressures on Blair's shoulders. Blair's increased use of advisors helped the increase of Blair being seen as a more presidential leader. This is due to the fact that the US President usually has a committee of advisors to advise him, which was not usually the case with the UK PM. However, Tony Blair created an office where he was advised from everything to do with the way he appeared in the media to what he should do in the Iraq War. The important thing to consider is that these were merely advisors, and whilst they had a big role in helping Blair, they were ultimately just giving him options to which he decided the overall decision from. This suggests an overall presidential style as it shows him as a more independent leader, similar to the US president traditionally is, and not the traditional PM of the UK who usually made decisions together with his Cabinet. ...read more.

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