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Dimensions of Prime Ministerial Power [Incomplete: for further discussion in class]

1. Patronage in Cabinet, Government and Elsewhere.

1b. Constraints: in relation to choice of Cabinet and Government.

1c Constraints on other types of appointment

2.Authority of the PM within the Cabinet System

2b. Constraints

The PM could lose the support of senior colleagues by disregarding their views, ultimately, over a period of years undermining his her own position as occurred in the cases of Mrs. Thatcher and Tony Blair.

3 Prime Minister, Party and Parliament

3b Constraints

 

4.Prime Ministers and Public Standing

4b Constraints

 

Other sources of Prime Ministerial power and the constraints related to them can be discussed in class.