Executive Functions

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  • Created on: 11-05-14 14:38
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  • Executive Functions
    • Power to set policy, to take action and to implement the law
      • Governments have become incredibly powerful
        • Decide how public money should be spent, make foreign policy, control military power
      • Carried out by a range of bodies
      • Parliamentary Government - ministers must be members of Parliament
        • Parliament has a key role in scrutinizing the exercise of executive functions
    • Role of a constitution in relation to executive functions
      • Enable governments by providing a framework for policymaking and implementation
      • Constrain executive power - executive functions carried out in accordance with the rule of law
    • Governments
      • Government of the United Kingdom
        • Prime Minister is head
          • Other members include the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretaries of State, Lord Chancellor, Junior Ministers
            • Collective meetings in the cabinet on thursday mornings and No. 10
              • Source of legal powers: Acts of Parliament, royal prerogative
      • The Scottish Government
        • The First Minister
          • Source of power: The Scotland Act 1998
      • The Welsh Executive
        • First Minister and Deputy First Minister
          • The Northern Ireland Act 1998


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