Britain: Prime Ministers, Cabinets and the Struggle for Supremacy

  • Ludger Helms


The office of the British prime minister is not to any similar extent an autonomous position, as is the office of the American president. Whereas the supremacy of the prime minister over other actors in the British core executive has increased significantly, both politically and constitutionally, over recent decades, British politics, even in the core executive territory, remains very much a team game. Thus, it seems only natural that many of the constitutional and political qualifications for the office of prime minister have to be acquired within the other institutions of British politics, such as parliament, the cabinet and the political parties.


Prime Minister Leadership Style Party Leader Special Adviser Ministerial Office 
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  1. 9.
    According to a somewhat more provocative interpretation, Macmillan’s aim was to promote effective television performers. One of the new ministers, William Deedes, was given the title of Minister without Portfolio but, as Cockerell (1988: 82) has argued, ‘was in reality the Minister of Propaganda, charged with improving the image of the Prime Minister and his government’.Google Scholar

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  • Ludger Helms
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  1. 1.Department of GovernmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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