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Define Cabinet Government

Executive power is vested in a cabinet whose members exercise collective responsibility (PM first among equals)


Define Prime Ministerial Government

A system of government in which the PM is the dominant actor in the executive. The PM sets the direction of government and makes major decision. Cabinet is able to advise and warn the PM, but doesn't decide policy


Define the Core Executive

Heart of the Government, made up of organisations and actors who coordinate central gov activity.


Which roles/groups are part of the Core Executive? (Name 4)

Cabinet Committees
Bilateral Meetings
PM's Office
Top Civil Servants


The Core Executive Model

Says that the argument on if we have a PM or Cabinet Gov is flawed- everyone is co-dependent


Who argues Thatcher's downfall was inevitable thanks to her inability to recognise co-dependence?

Martin Smith


What factors have made it more difficult for the PM to control policy?

EU Power
Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee sets interest rates


Explain Prime Ministerial Predominance

PM is predominant figure of the core exec. But PM cannot have a monopoly of power- gov is a collective endeavour. PM just controls policy agenda- not whole government


Who argues that the British Prime Minister has become more presidential?

Michael Foley


Which trends are central to presedentialisation?

Personalised leadership- PM expected to impose a personal vision
Public outreach- Political leaders are public commodities
Spatial leadership- distance between PM and their party/government

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