Two Prime Ministers: Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher

  • Peter Madgwick
Part of the Contemporary Political Studies book series (CONTPOLSTUD)


The character of a prime ministership arises from a unique combination of personality and political circumstance. There is no prime minister wholly representative of the office, yet none who does not illuminate the variable nature and quality of the office. Thus Harold Wilson exemplifies the operation of a prime minister leading a heavy-weight Cabinet and a disputatious party, and having some regard for the building of agreement (‘consensus’) in government, party and nation.


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© P. J. Madgwick 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Madgwick
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  1. 1.Oxford PolytechnicUK

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