Ways in Which the PM Dominates Cabinet

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  • Created on: 30-03-15 20:28
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  • PM Dominates Cabinet
    • Special Advisors
      • Not part of Cabinet (sometimes govt.) and still meet the PM regularly
        • Set the agenda for govt, write speeches, give policy advice, deal with the Press.
      • Important- Trusted more than the Cabinet. Not a threat, not rivals for the top job.
        • Unelected people are having serious input into decisions. Side-line the Cabinet, SPADS undermine ministers
      • Example-Alistair Campbell, Blair's Press Secretary. Extremely influential, access to Blair at all times.
        • Intimidated Cabinet ministers- Cabinet always backed Blair, increased his control.
    • Informal Groupings
      • Discussions would take place in the PM's office, not Cabinet meetings
        • Strengthens the PM's control
      • Cabinet ministers rely on a structured organised procedure
        • This prevents them discussing and debating certain issues
      • Blair used this, provided the chance to make deaks with other ministers and shape policy
        • Created 'a grey area,' he could easily dismiss any thoughts-no record of the discussion
    • Appointment of Allies
      • Locate like-minded Cabinet ministers to a committee he wants ultimate control of
        • PM can always remain in control
      • Can manipulate the decisions being made into ones he wants
      • David Cameron appointed Stephen Hammond to Transport Secretary
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    • Structure of Cabinet Meetings
      • Agenda setting-PM chooses whats discussed, avoid certain topics. Reduce time-prevent topics being discussed lengthly
      • Manipulate the system, block Cabinet's opinion
        • Granting PM final say on all matters
      • Agenda setting-Blair, Millennium Dome and Afghanistan not discussed
        • Reduced time-Blair's Cabinet did not even last an hour, did not meet every week


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