978-0-312-29313-0 / 9780312293130

The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945


Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan



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Analyzing the special chemistry of life in Number 10 Downing Street, Peter Hennessy scrutinizes what the Prime Minister actually does and the way that Cabinet government is run. He draws on unprecedented access to many of the leading politicians and also recently declassified, electrifying archival material. He illuminates Prime Ministerial attitudes towards, and authority over, such topics as nuclear weapons policy, the planning and waging of war, and foreign crises from Suez to the Falklands. He concludes with controversial assessments of each Prime Ministers performance and outlines a new profile of the premiership for the 4th century.

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