Presidentializing the Premiership by Sue Pryce

By Sue Pryce

Has the presidentialization of British electoral politics now penetrated different institutional and governmental relationships? This ebook argues it has in admire of the top ministerial advisory procedure. The leading minister has develop into a president within the eyes of the voters yet is still a chief minister in response to the structure. To bridge this hole among their political and constitutional positions leading ministers were pressured to stretch the constitutional ideas approximately recommendation, and presidentialize their advisory platforms.

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Complaints were raised that, though officially given an appointment as Fourth Auditor of the Treasury, he was rarely to be found in his office, the implication being that he was occupied elsewhere as Jackson's closest adviser. In 1838 an exasperated Representative, Henry A. Wise, said in the House that Kendall was '. . the President's thinking machine, and his writing machine - aye and his lying machine . . he was chief overseer, chief reporter, amanuensis, scribe, accountant, general man of all work .

20 What brought about a transformation in the nature of the presidency? What changed the president from an eighteenth century chief executive into an active interventionist manager? According to Binkley, It was the awaking of the American masses in the 1820's, their revolt against what they considered the failure of a government dominated by the rural and urban gentry entrenched in Congress, to satisfy their need and their consequent turning with passionate devotion to a party messiah in Andrew Jackson, that ended the hegemony of Congress An American Presidential Model 27 .

But what happens . . when advance men become the government? 52 Presidents may become isolated within a circle of advisers who 36 Presidentializing the Premiership Typically are young people with few obligations and limited experience who will gamble for a chance on a ticket to the White House. . Most candidates will do as Carter did and take his campaign staff to the White House with them. And they will find . . 53 This is a view supported by the prominent role played in the White House by Jody Powell, President Carter's resident press secretary54 and the similar prominence of Michael Deaver55 who oversaw President Reagan's diary and coordinated appointments to meet the dictates of his publicity.

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