Parliament Overview

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  • Is the cabinet submissive to the Prime Minister?
    • NO
      • There are practical limits on the prime minister's patronage powers: potential rivals may have strong claims for inclusion in the cabinet.
      • Senior ministers can frustrate the prime minister's policy preferences by working together to oppose them or by threatening them to resign.
      • Ministers with concerns about decisions that affect their department can refer issues to the cabinet as a final court of appeal.
      • Government departments provide ministers with expertise and support.
      • Senior ministers who are popular with the public or their party may gain additional influence.
    • YES
      • The prime minister can appoint their supporters to cabinet and dismiss ministers who disagree with their preferred policy.
      • The prime minister has significant control over the cabinet agenda, steering and summarising discussions as they see fit and without having to call a vote.
      • Many decisions are taken outside of the cabinet, often in bilateral meetings between the prime minster and a cabinet minister.
      • The Prime Minister's Office has. expanded and plays a great role in directing and coordinating policy across government.
      • The Prime Minister can claim a personal mandate from the public and their party.


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