Blair and Howard: Predominant Prime Ministers Compared

M. Bennister
2008 Parliamentary Affairs  
Political leaders matter again. The study of political leaders, particularly prime ministers has been an under-researched area, yet the leadership discourse is back on the agenda. This article puts prime ministerial predominance into this context using comparative analysis to examine prime ministerial leadership in Australia and the UK and evidence from the tenures of Tony Blair and John Howard. The article contends that similar centralising tendencies, personal projection, and autonomy from
more » ... nd autonomy from established structures were evident in the tenures of these two prime ministers. Ultimately this created dislocation (of varying degrees) between the leaders, followers and the wider electorate.
doi:10.1093/pa/gsm065 fatcat:rucayvv4fjftbk44p47tcn5sza