PM & Cabinet

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Zara
  • Created on: 17-01-12 17:00
Preview of Politics

First 247 words of the document:

Prerogative powers
1. Closure of parliament
2. Granting pardons
3. Head of state
4. Form treaties
5. Commander-in-chief
6. Appointments
7. Conducting foreign relations
Pm Powers:
Appointing & dismissing ministers
Chairing cabinet meetings
Granting peerages & other honours
Appointing judges & bishops
Commanding the armed forces
Conducting foreign relations
Pm Roles:
o Commander-in-chief
o Head of state
o Chief policy maker
o Chief Government spokesperson
o Head of Government
o Head of Parliament
o Chief foreign policy maker
PM Dominant:
Prerogative powers ­ essentially head of state, closure of Parliament, pardons, treaties,
commander-in-chief, appointments, foreign relations
Growth of 10 Downing Street machine ­ backed by civil servants
Media focus on PM not cabinet or Parliament ­ becomes essentially spokesperson for
Parliament as well as Government
Spatial leadership -> distance from Cabinet & Govt, even criticising sometimes e.g. Thatcher
& Blair
Increasing control over cabinet ­ as they become less essential the PM becomes more
Dominant in foreign & military relations e.g. Thatcher & Reagan, Blair & Bush
PM not dominant:
Role is flexible, it's style over substance ­ e.g. Thatcher dominant but Major was not
Still powers which can reign a PM back in e.g. size of parliamentary majority, vote of no
confidence, personality & unity of Govt
Not actually head of state

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

No permanent change
Why are ministers chosen?
Represent a certain section of the party e.g. Trade Unions
Represent ideology of party e.g.…read more

Page 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

Provide advice to PM
Sometimes make big decisions
PM dominant
Meetings short, less frequent & staged
Large departments more independent
Bilateral meetings/sofa politics
Growth of 10 Downing Street
Ministers act alone with advisors
Collective responsibility…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar Government & Politics resources:

See all Government & Politics resources »See all resources »