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Description - The Core Executive in Britain by Martin J. Smith

The study of central government has been dominated by the recurring questions of Prime Ministerial versus Cabinet government and civil service versus ministerial power. Using the idea of "power dependence" this book challenges these ideas to provide an assessment of and introduction to power and policy at the core of British political life. It undermines traditional approaches by demonstrating that power in the core executive is complex, and flows between actors and institutions. The Prime Minister can only exercise power with the support of the Cabinet, and ministers and officials are often partners rather than competitors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333605165
ISBN-10: 0333605160
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 20-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin J. Smith

MARTIN J. SMITH is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield. His previous publications include Contemporary British Conservatism (Macmillan, 1996).