Tony Blair and John Howard: Comparative predominance and 'institution stretch' in the UK and Australia

Bennister, Mark (2007) Tony Blair and John Howard: Comparative predominance and 'institution stretch' in the UK and Australia. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9 (3). pp. 327-345. ISSN 13691481

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It has recently been argued that the UK premier enjoys a level of executive power unavailable to US presidents, but how does he or she compare to another prime minister operating within a broadly similar system? Commonalities of intra-executive influence and capacity exist under the premierships in the UK and Australia. Discrete institutional constraints and deviations are evident, but trends and similarities in resource capacity can be clearly identified. These include: the growth of the leaders' office; broadening and centralising of policy advice and media operations; and strengthening of the role and function of ministerial advisers. I contend that this amounts to 'institution stretch', with new structures, processes and practices becoming embedded in the political system by the incumbents. © 2007 The Author. Journal compilation © 2007 Political Studies Association.

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Keywords:centralization, institutional framework, leadership, political power, political system, Australasia, Australia, Eurasia, Europe, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:33913
Deposited On:29 Oct 2018 08:32

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