Trust Me, I'm the Prime Minister: Prime Ministerial Statecraft under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison

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Abstract

This chapter examines the successes and failures of the two prime ministers using the statecraft approach. Statecraft emphasises the importance of prim ministers and their governments creating a political strategy that allows them to win elections, creating the perception of governing competence, achieving political argument hegemony, and maintaining the support of the public and of key institutions – particularly the parliamentary party, but also others such as the bureaucracy (Buller & James 2012; Bulpitt 1986; Evans 2010; Evans & McCaffrie 2014, 2016). The next section introduces the concept of statecraft in more detail, before the chapter uses the concept to analyse the administrations of Turnbull and Morrison in turn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Turnbull to Morrison: The Trust Divide
EditorsMark Evans, Michelle Grattan, Brendan McCaffrie
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherMelbourne University Press
Chapter29
Pages354-369
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780522876130
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2019

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    MCCAFFRIE, B. (2019). Trust Me, I'm the Prime Minister: Prime Ministerial Statecraft under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. In M. Evans, M. Grattan, & B. McCaffrie (Eds.), From Turnbull to Morrison: The Trust Divide (pp. 354-369). Melbourne University Press.