Tag Archives: Margaret Thatcher

Maggie and Boris: polar opposites

I have no idea how Margaret Thatcher would have voted in the current Conservative leadership contest, had she been alive.  Given that she is not with us, no one knows for sure, though I doubt if that will stop some … Continue reading

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Effective prime ministerial leadership?

Some years ago, I published an article analysing prime ministerial leadership in terms of purpose, skill and circumstance. Prime ministers need certain skills to navigate an increasingly pluralist political environment.  As I wrote, ‘The individual in the office will largely … Continue reading

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What goes on behind the scenes…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to my article in Parliamentary Affairs on the importance of informal space in legislatures – places where members gather informally (dining and tea rooms, division lobbies, corridors) and in which discussion between MPs … Continue reading

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Conservative leaders and Europe

I have seen various report claiming that the issue of European integration has been responsible for bringing down Conservative Prime Ministers from Edward Heath onwards – and at least one also suggesting it brought down Harold Macmillan.  European integration has … Continue reading

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‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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Power behind the scenes: the importance of social space in legislatures

In an earlier post, I reported on a talk I gave earlier this year at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow on the difference changes in social space in Parliament can make. On Friday, I gave a paper at the … Continue reading

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In debate

I drafted a post recently on a debate at Lancaster University in which I participated, on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.  Because I drafted it ahead of some of my more recent posts, it appeared before those posts when I … Continue reading

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