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Understanding the Success of Presidents and Prime Ministers: The Role of Opposition Parties

McCaffrie, Brendan


This article examines three examples of reconstructive leadership in the 1980s: Reagan in the United States, Thatcher in the United Kingdom, and Hawke in Australia. It finds three primary ways that opposition parties contribute to the success of reconstructive leaders. Firstly, oppositions contribute negatively to the success of presidents and prime ministers through ineptitude and internal division. Secondly, they assist government leaders through engagement with their ideas. Oppositions may...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2012.677005


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