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Synopsis: I am a conviction politician declared Margaret Thatcher in 1979, and her stand against consensus politics won immediate endorsement from Ronald Reagan. Both promised to provide strong leadership, establish new priorities and restore fundamental principles to national politics. To many they appeared to form a transatlantic partnership, but they were not the first. Looking back over 200 years of political history, Patricia Lee Sykes examines presidents and prime ministers to show how idealistic leaders have challenged liberal ideas and institutions within the Anglo-American tradition, and in the process have altered the political landscape. She reveals how conviction-style politicians have appeared in the US and UK at the same time: individuals who articulated similar ideas that adapted liberal ideology to shifting circumstances and who achieved fundamental change at critical moments in their nation's history. The comparative study of chief executives examines not only Reagan and Thatcher, but also three other pairs of leaders who used moral rhetoric to challenge the status quo: Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George; Grover Cleveland and William Gladstone; and Andrew Jackson and Robert Peel. Sykes discusses each pair, describing their leadership styles and their roles in the liberal tradition. She then analyzes the mercurial context of conviction politics over time to show when party politics, the media, the state, or global affairs can prevent even the most visionary of leaders from enacting their programmes. Sykes also charts an increasing convergence of political practice and philosophy in the two countries - particularly with the ""presidentialization"" of the prime minister - and tracks the tensions created between executive authority, individual freedom and the public good when leaders purposefully avoid consensus to pursue their own lofty visions.
Review: "An important, original work that makes a major contribution to our understanding of political leadership."--American Political Science Review
"Scholars of comparative history, as well as those of political leadership, especially the American presidency and the British prime minister, will want to read this book. . . . It is well done and recommended to those that seek to understand political leadership, including its permutations over the generations."--British Politics Group Newsletter
"Patricia Sykes, in a provocative and stimulating book, has produced a mid-Atlantic work of substantial interest."--David Butler, author of British General Elections Since 1945 and coauthor of Political Change in Britain
"Original, interesting, well written. Sykes addresses an important topic that is not written about enough--political leadership. The overall idea of conviction politics is one that both political scientists and historians can profit from. Sykes's inspection of trans-Atlantic waves of influence is apt, and much impressive interview work underpins her writing about Reagan and Thatcher. This is an impressive work and a good read."--David Mayhew, author of Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-1990
Title: Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction ...
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Good
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