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- Has the British Prime Minister become 'presidential'?
- The prime minister is not the head of state and the lack of a personal mandate through direct election is a key difference.
- The British Constitution makes no provision for a presidential-style leader and Parliament remains sovereign.
- The 'power' of a prime minister is largely down to political and personal circumstances - while Blair may have seemed 'presidential', Brown most certainly did not.
- The prerogative foreign policy powers of a prime minister are similar to the constitutional powers of the US president as commander-in-chief.
- The developmentof a dedicated prime ministerial department, the strengthening of the Cabinet Office and the wider use of special advisers (SpAds) give the appearance of a presidential-style West Wing or personal bureaucracy.
- The intense media focus upon the personality and character of the prime minister promotes the post-holder as an individual rather than a party leader.
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