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Political leaders in Westminster systems

Keywords
  • Leadership
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

Political leaders have become more politically important over the past half century, although the extent which their electoral influence may have increased remains a matter of debate. In parliamentary systems, the promotion of leader images during national election campaigns is now as prominent - perhaps even more prominent - than party symbols, leading some to argue that the Westminster system is converging with its presidential counterpart. Ian McAllister looks at the trend and its implications.

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