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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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Creating ‘the Party into Power’ project

Creating ‘the Party into Power’ project

(p.200) 7 Creating ‘the Party into Power’ project
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

Planning for better relations between the party and a future ‘New Labour’ government involved a long review and an intensive dialogue around the theme of partnership. It is extensively covered in this chapter linked to a second hidden dialogue between Blair and his managers focused around securing the Leader’s supremacy and the encouragement of manageability . At the party conference, victory over introducing the new policy process was heavily affected by promising the availability of policy alternatives, by an appeal to trust, and by support for the consensual objectives of partnership, stakeholding and a healthy party. That obscured some continuing tensions and the potential clash of objectives between partnership and manageability on behalf of control by the Leader.

Keywords:   Dialogue, Partnership, Control, Supremacy, Trust, Consensual objectives, Manageability

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