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GOVP2
TOPIC 3:

THE CORE EXECUTIVE
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS ­ ESSAY PLANS (25 MARKERS)
NEENA RAI

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CABINET VS PRIME MINISTER
INTRODUCTION
DEFINITIONS The meeting of senior ministers & heads of government departments. It is formally the key-decision making body in the British government.
Deciding on major policy, Dealing with unforeseen major problems, Co-ordinating the policies of different departments, Planning for…

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PM must be careful with who he chooses to fire ­ e.g. brown (popular), by
Blair ­ didn't get on, but didn't want to annoy party

POINT MINISTERS CAN RESIGN TO EMBARRASS PM PM'S OFFICE HAS GROWN IN INMPORTANCE TO THE PM
Blair &…

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CABINET = RUBBER STAMP?
INTRODUCTION
DEFINITIONS The meeting of senior ministers & heads of government departments. It is formally the key-decision making body in the British government.
Deciding on major policy, Dealing with unforeseen major problems, Co-ordinating the policies of different departments, Planning for…

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Michael Gove (Lord chancellor, secretary of state for justice) ­ known to
make major decisions within his department & use cabinet meetings as a
2013 west country flooding's = emergency cabinet meeting was held
EXAMPLE means of approving the decision rather that making or…

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PM'S PERSONALITY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT STRONGLY IN GENERAL
POINT ELECTION CAMPAIGNS ­ USED IN NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING BY
OPPOSITE PARTY
Ed Miliband looked down upon in 2015 general election campaigns
EXAMPLE
Conservative used this to promote their party
Media portrayed Ed M, as `not tough…

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CIVIL SERVANTS & MINISTERS RELATIONSHIP (THEAKSTON MODELS)

INTRODUCTION
DEFINITIONS CIVIL SERVANTS An official employed in a civil capacity by the crown, responsible for policy advice or policy implementation
MINISTERS A member of government with specific responsibilities within a department
ADDITIONAL INFO THEAKSTON MODELS the…

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PUBLIC CHOICE MODEL
Suggests that ministers & civil servants are convincing & acting in a deceitful manner to grow their
inefficient bureaucracies
Work together to grow dept and gain more of budget




COALITION ON CABINET & PM
INTRODUCTION
DEFINITIONS
GOOD BAD
POINT INTER-DEPARTMENTAL DISPUTES…

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Bodies within the core exec e.g.: inner cabinet, bilateral meetings, PM's Office, Cabinet Office, Kitchen Cabinet etc

What is the function of the cabinet?

What is the role of Ministers?

Ministerial resignations

What is the civil service? & what reforms have occurred?

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