Theme: Parties & Elections | Content Type: Journal article

Will Truss's Time end in Failure? Assessing the Prospects of the latest ‘Takeover’ Prime Minister

Ben Worthy



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In September 2022, Elizabeth Truss became the third Prime Minister in a row to take office directly as a result of a party leadership election. My study of takeovers between 1916 and 2016 found they have a shorter time in office than those who are elected, because they inherit deep crisis and divided parties. They also face the dilemma of whether, and when, to call a general election.

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