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Parties, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Unit 1, Unit 2

Styles of Leadership

An interesting albeit critical (unsurprisingly) piece about David Cameron’s leadership style in the New Statesman

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2012/01/cameron-policy-european

The article has some excellent snippets on the nature of governing from Number 10, evidence to suggest that Cameron is good in a crisis but that ultimately he has a tendency to make them, there are some good bits on Steve Hilton if you want to look at the role/importance of SpAds and how they relate to the civil servants in the Cabinet office. It also looks at some of the areas of policy reform (good for the parties topic in Unit 3) with an overall assessment that the radicalism that was discussed in opposition has largely been watered down.

An interesting aside in the article is the suggestion that Cameron’s advisors have poured over Blair’s memoirs looking for inspiration as to how to achieve more rapid progress in policy delivery. Not only is this evidence to suggest that their are parallels between Cameron and Blair but also raises important questions as to whether the British state apparatus can deliver radical and directional policy change.

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