For too long students have studied the textbook prime minister. When doing a subject for the first time, it is obviously necessary to discuss its ‘conventional wisdom’, so generations of students have rehearsed the arguments for and against prime ministerial power. However we must challenge the conventional wisdoms, try out new ideas and learn new ways of studying the subject. This collection of essays, some reprinted from the pages of Public Administration, many of them new, both supplements conventional textbook accounts and provides a new perspective on prime minister and cabinet.
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