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Understanding prime-ministerial performance [electronic resource] : comparative perspectives /
edited by Paul Strangio, Paul 'T. Hart and James Walter.
edition
First Edition.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
description
viii, 349 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
0199666423 (hbk), 9780199666423 (hbk)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
isbn
0199666423 (hbk)
9780199666423 (hbk)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Machine generated contents note: 1.Prime Ministers and the Performance of Public Leadership / James Walter -- pt. I Understanding Power in Prime-Ministerial Performance: Introduction to Part I (the editors) -- 2.Personal Style, Institutional Setting and Historical Opportunity: Prime-Ministerial Performance in Context / James Walter -- 3.Prime-Ministerial Power: Institutional and Personal Factors / Keith Dowding -- 4.The Politics Prime Ministers Make: Political Time and Executive Leadership in Westminster Systems / Brendan McCaffrie -- 5.Gendering Prime-Ministerial Power / Patricia Lee Sykes -- pt. II Prime Ministers and their Parties: Introduction to Part II (the editors) -- 6.Prime Ministers and their Parties in the United Kingdom / Timothy Heppell -- 7.Prime Ministers and their Parties in Canada / Jonathan Malloy -- 8.Prime Ministers and their Parties in Australia / Judith Brett -- 9.Prime Ministers and their Parties in New Zealand / Jon Johansson --
Note continued: pt. III Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: Introduction to Part III (the editors) -- 10.Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The British Experience / Kevin Theakston -- 11.Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Canadian Experience / Norman Hillmer -- 12.Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Australian Experience / Paul Strangio -- 13.Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The New Zealand Experience / Stephen Levine -- 14.From Prime-Ministerial Leadership to Court Politics / R. A. W. Rhodes.
abstract
At the beginning of the twenty-first century prime ministers loom larger in the consciousness of their nations than perhaps in any previous era. But how well do we really understand the variables of prime-ministerial performance, and, specifically, why some prime ministers apparently flourish in the role while others wither? This study examines how prime ministers perform as leaders of their governments, parties, and nations. It offers new ways of thinking about prime-ministerial power and leadership, and systematic empirical studies of prime-ministerial leadership practices in four Westminster democracies: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The volume features contributions from leading political scientists from all of these countries and is organised into three major sections: understanding power in prime-ministerial performance, prime ministers and their parties, and evaluating prime-ministerial performance. Through its collaborative and multifaceted approach the volume demonstrates that there are no hard and fast propositions or rules of thumb to capture what it is that makes us think of some prime ministers as so much more effective than others.
catalogue key
9833811
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Prime ministers stand at the apex of government and loom large in the consciousness of the nations they lead. This book examines how prime ministers operate and how their performance as public leaders can be understood and evaluated.
Main Description
At the beginning of the twenty-first century prime ministers loom larger in the consciousness of their nations than perhaps in any previous era. But how well do we really understand the variables of prime-ministerial performance, and, specifically, why some prime ministers apparently flourish in the role while others wither? This study examines how prime ministers perform as leaders of their governments, parties, and nations. It offers new ways of thinking about prime-ministerial power and leadership, and systematic empirical studies of prime-ministerial leadership practices in four Westminster democracies: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The volume features contributions from leading political scientists from all of these countries and is organised into three major sections: understanding power in prime-ministerial performance, prime ministers and their parties, and evaluating prime-ministerial performance. Through its collaborative and multifaceted approach the volume demonstrates that there are no hard and fast propositions or rules of thumb to capture what it is that makes us think of some prime ministers as so much more effective than others. Instead it highlights the importance for students of executive government to grasp the contingent interplay between personal, institutional, and contextual factors in understanding and evaluating prime-ministerial performance.
Main Description
At the beginning of the twenty-first century prime ministers loom larger in the consciousness of their nations than perhaps in any previous era. But how well do we really understand the variables of prime-ministerial performance, and, specifically, why some prime ministers apparently flourishin the role while others wither? This study examines how prime ministers perform as leaders of their governments, parties, and nations. It offers new ways of thinking about prime-ministerial power and leadership, and systematic empirical studies of prime-ministerial leadership practices in fourWestminster democracies: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The volume features contributions from leading political scientists from all of these countries and is organised into three major sections: understanding power in prime-ministerial performance, prime ministers and their parties, and evaluating prime-ministerial performance. Through its collaborativeand multifaceted approach the volume demonstrates that there are no hard and fast propositions or rules of thumb to capture what it is that makes us think of some prime ministers as so much more effective than others. Instead it highlights the importance for students of executive government to graspthe contingent interplay between personal, institutional, and contextual factors in understanding and evaluating prime-ministerial performance.
Main Description
Prime ministers stand at the apex of government and loom large in the consciousness of the nations they lead. Yet how well do understand the variables of prime ministerial performance, of why some prime ministers flourish in the role while others wither? This book examines how prime ministers operate and how their performance as public leaders can be understood and evaluated.

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