This module in partnership with No. 10 Downing Street examines how British Prime Ministers have governed in the period 1945-79. It considers the issues from an historical perspective, tracing changes over thirty-four years across the biggest issues of government, using the rigour of the historical method. Special attention will be given to the memoirs and diaries of the prime ministers, cabinet ministers and senior officials involved in managing the central machinery of government. Past speakers include, former Cabinet Secretaries Lords Butler and Wilson, former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Lord Macpherson, historian and journalist Lord Hennessy, and former Security and Intelligence Coordinator Sir David Omand.
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Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar group
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1x5000 word essay