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On 27th June 2007, Gordon Brown finally succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister for Great Britain, having waited in the wings for over ten years. Formerly the longest serving and most successful Chancellor in over 100 years, he was instrumental in establishing the New Labour ideology that brought Tony Blair to power. However, surprisingly for a man with such political experience, he is seen by many as an enigma, and commentators the world over have been uncertain where he stands on key issues. Does his premiership signal a lurch to the left in British Politics? Will he stand together with the next US President, or will the "special relationship" become decidedly less friendly? In this new biography, Simon Lee systematically examines Brown's politics over the last ten years of Labour power, and assesses his likely impact as Prime Minister. From Iraq to climate change, fiscal policy to the NHS, this is a searching examination of the most important political figure in Britain today.
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"An outstanding book. Few writers are able to combine their academic abilities with such an understanding of the framework of political issues and culture as does Simon Lee. The result is a volume that will become the Bible for understanding the Brown premiership and wider British politics." -- Spectator
"A brilliant and authoritative analysis" -- Dennis Kavanagh - Professor in Politics at Liverpool University and author of Politics UK
"Could not be more timely. An intelligent and very well sourced study." -- Anthony Seldon - Leading biographer of Tony Blair
"Gordon Brown is an intensely private man, but this biography reveals much about the person inside the politician." -- The Good Book Guide
"In Best for Britain? The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown, Lee suggests that Brown's instincts for centralising decision-making contradict his avowed aspiration to devolve power. Lee has long been the most challenging thinker on Brown from within liberal academia."
-- The New Statesman
"Provides a useful and intriguing set of markers whereby the coming years may be judged." -- Nick Kochan, Financial journalist and author of Gordon Brown: The First Year in Power
Simon Lee is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Hull. He is author of Blair's Third Way (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
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Book Description Oneworld Publications, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1851685375