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Alistair Campbell: are prime ministers too powerful?

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Our democracy is parliamentary. Why do so many Prime Minsters want to be presidential?

Alistair Campbell and Catherine Haddon of the Institute for Government join Armando and Anoosh for the final episode of season three, to discuss whether presidential-style politics is a new thing, or if prime ministers have always wanted more power. They explore the impact of the Boris Johnson era and the underrated power of a strong cabinet.


Alistair Campbell was Tony Blair's director of communications and now co-hosts the hit podcast The Rest is Politics.

Catherine Haddon is resident historian at the Institute for Government.


This episode was originally published in the New Statesman podcast feed on December 9, 2022.

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