The presidential dynamics of leadership decline in contemporary British politics: the illustrative case of Tony Blair

Michael Foley

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Abstract

The presidential analogy has provided many explanatory insights into the contemporary development of the British premiership. Nevertheless, the usage of this analytical device is almost invariably confined to the establishment and consolidation of leadership. This article demonstrates that the presidential dimension has comparable utility in accounting for the erosion and decline of leadership. In examining the Blair premiership in relation to three signature themes of the American presidency – public outreach, personalized leadership, and democratic disjunction – the analysis reveals a set of dynamics that not only provides a vehicle for political opposition but largely predetermines the nature and formulation of that critique.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Politics
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • UK prime minister
  • presidentialism
  • Tony Blair
  • public leadership
  • political personalisation
  • democratic legitimacy

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