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The analysis of British central government has often focused on the style of the prime minister and a number of simple questions: has prime ministerial government replaced cabinet government? Do officials dominate ministers? This book rejects these questions by suggesting that the core executive cannot be analyzed in terms of domination or command. Instead the book suggests that resources are widely dispersed within the central state and, as no actor or institution has a monopoly, to achieve goals resources have ...
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Overview

The analysis of British central government has often focused on the style of the prime minister and a number of simple questions: has prime ministerial government replaced cabinet government? Do officials dominate ministers? This book rejects these questions by suggesting that the core executive cannot be analyzed in terms of domination or command. Instead the book suggests that resources are widely dispersed within the central state and, as no actor or institution has a monopoly, to achieve goals resources have to be exchanged. The book uses the notion of resource dependency to examine the complexity of relationships within the British core executive and examines how the structure of resources has been altered by reform and the impact of external constraints.
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Examines the power relationships of the Executive branch of the British government. The author argues that current understandings of power are too simplistic. Instead of viewing one actor or set of actors as owning power, he argues, power should be seen as a complex resource that is exchanged among all actors. He contends that this approach is also important in exploring the historical interplay between changing institutional structures and governmental actors, an interplay that creates relationships characterized by dependence instead of dominance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333605158
  • Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999

Meet the Author

Martin J. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Introducing the Core Executive 1
2 Analysing the Core Executive 9
3 The Core Executive in Historical Perspective 38
4 The Core of the Core: Relations between the Prime Minister and the Cabinet 71
5 Ministers, Civil Servants and Departments: the Core Executive and Policy-Making 106
6 Coordinating the Core Executive: the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister's Office and the Treasury 143
7 Reforming the Core Executive 183
8 Domestic and International Constraints on the Core Executive 216
9 Constitution, State and Core Executive 244
Bibliography 256
Index 274
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