The experience of coalition government has strengthened the prime ministerial power as it has given the prime minister more power from both parties. The prime minister has a minority party that he can run as well as his own party, which makes him have an advantage of …show more content…
Another factor that has strengthened the prime ministerial power is that the prime ministers makes a number of promotions and demotions at once, substantially changing the composition of their cabinet, which is referred to as a 'cabinet reshuffle'. this gives prime ministers a real edge because they can surround themselves with like minded allies who share the same policy aim. for example Thatcher replaced the 'wets' with the 'dries' who shared her vision. David Cameron has also appointed a member of fellow modernising conservatives to his cabinet. Due to the fused executive and legislative branch, these reshuffles can be a good opportunity to reward the loyal backbench MPs with promotion, demote unpopular or 'failing' ministers. It's a good way to keep control.
On the other hand, some people may argue that the coalition government has weakened the prime ministerial power as because of the coalition agreement between the two parties, key appointments have to be agreed with Nick Clegg.