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The Deputy to the British Prime Minister: A Mystery of Role, Responsibility and Power (Hardback)

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The post of deputy to the UK prime minister is perhaps the most mysterious in the British constitution, possessing 'no set or binding role', 'responsibility without power' and once not acknowledged to exist at all.

Today, however, the post is generally recognised, and, as this book elaborates, in some circumstances deputies have played a crucial role in the running of the country, not least most recently where Nick Clegg extended it for the first time beyond the whim of the Prime Minister.

Illustrated by archive work, contemporary newspaper accounts, Hansard, assorted secondary sources, elite level interviews, this book addresses the significance of this under-researched role. Arranged chronologically, it creates a typology of deputies and a list of factors with which to benchmark performances of deputyship . It examines the uneven evolution of the position of deputy, from its nebulous origins to a generally much more effective and positive role today, and looks at how incumbents successfully interact with, and influence their political environment and colleagues.

This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of British Politics and political history.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadershipHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 01/08/2022 ISBN-13: 9781138649453  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Stephen Thornton is currently Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University. His work focuses on British political history, particularly that of the 1960s and 1970s. His latest book is Demolishing Whitehall: Leslie Martin, Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat (with Adam Sharr of Newcastle University), which received an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2014. Dr. Jonathan Kirkup is Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University

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