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The Blair SupremacyA study in the politics of Labour's party management$
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Lewis Minkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073793

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.001.0001

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Summary: analysis and characterisation

Summary: analysis and characterisation

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The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

This chapter gives an overview and characterisation of the form of management politics and power relations under Blair. From the study a broad range of new findings are summarised noting patterns of management, major variabilities and exceptions, interspersed with analytical comment. This facilitates assessment in relation to common assumptions and to previous empirical and theoretical positions. Blair’s party is best, though clumsily, characterised as a managerised party in which officials, on behalf of the Leader, had flexible facilities and considerable scope for expanding their power as part of the covert managerial system. The culture legitimised a manipulative realism about the party and its rules, a rolling coup, and an assymetrical normative order in relations with the still restrained unions. Yet this can not be summarised to be complete Blair supremacy. In different locations over time, the evidence did not fit easily into a one-dimensional one-directional characterisation. And, accompanied by distrust, over time resistance grew in response to his judgments. Even his management system had internal and growing divisions and the commanding and manipulative system failed to protect him in September 2006.

Keywords:   Summary-analysis and characterisation, Covert expansion of managerial power, Managerised party, Rolling coup, Assymetrical normative order, No supremacy, Resistance, Managerial divisions

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