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Professor Archie Brown writes on how dictatorial leaders don’t necessarily govern well

Archie Brown has written an article for the Guardian (31 May) entitled ‘It's not May v Corbyn – the idea of a strong party leader is a myth’.

In it he writes, “It is easy to see why party leaders are attracted to the idea of gathering ever more power in their hands. What is odd is that so many of the rest of us have gone along with a process that leads to delusions of grandeur, makes the leader’s aides more important than senior elected politicians, and encourages deference and self-censorship on the part of cabinet colleagues, as well as promoting groupthink. It follows also that the more big decisions a prime minister or party leader takes, the less time that person spends weighing the evidence and considering the pros and cons in each case.”

The full article can be read here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/31/theresa-may-strong-leader-good-leader?CMP=share_btn_link

Professor Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics