List of Maps.
List of Tables.
Introduction: Prime Minister, Communication, Power, Control.
1. Public Communication and the Prime Minister’s Tasks.
2. Public Communication as a Prime Ministerial Resource.
3. Public Communication: Turning Authority into Power.
4. The Capital City as News Environment.
5. Harlots Revisited: Media Barons, Politics and Prime Ministers.
6. The Rise of the Downing Street Press Secretary.
7. The Downing Street Press Secretary: Getting into a Spin?.
8. Prime Ministers and Press Conferences.
9. Grapevine Politics: Political Rumours.
10. Drawing Blood? Prime Ministers and Political Cartoons.
"Nevertheless, the book is clearly written enough to make it a good eaching tool and it contains enough insights (and historical nuggets) to satisfy an academic audience too." Political Studies Review
- A timely examination of the ways in which prime ministers manage and fail to manage their public communication.
- Original in scope, covering political rumours, political cartoons and capital cities, in addition to more familiar topics.
- Sets contemporary analysis of Downing Street press secretaries, media barons and press conferences in fuller historical context than usual.
- Draws on public records, private papers and interviews by the author dating back to the 1960s.