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TASKS OF MINISTERS TASKS OF CIVIL SERVANTS
Set the political agenda Gather information for policy making
Determine priorities for action Provide alternative courses of action
Decide between political alternatives Advise on consequences of decisions
Obtain cabinet and prime ministerial Draft legislation
approval for policies Provide briefings for other ministers
Steer proposals through parliament Advise on implementation methods
Be accountable to parliament for policies Organise implementation of policy
and their implementation. Draft answers to parliamentary
Account to parliament for the general questions
performance of their department
ARGUMENTS FOR IS THE PRIME MINSTER NOW ARGUMENTS AGAINST IS THE PRIME MINISTER
EFFECTIVELY A PRESIDENT NOW EFFECTIVELY A PRESIDENT
Prime ministers perform most of the There has been no permanent change.
functions of a head of state The dominant role of the prime minister
Prime ministers now have extensive constantly ebbs and flows
sources of advice of their own There has been a change to a more
The media tend to concentrate on the presidential style but in substance the
prime minister as personal spokesman role of the prime minister has not
for the government rather than a changed
president There are important forces which will
Foreign and military affairs have become rein in prime ministers. Most of these
more important. The prime minister forces are absent for a true president
dominates these It should not be forgotten that, although
The importance of special leadership in the prime minister may appear so, he is
the UK increasingly looks like the not actually head of state.
presidents style of leadership
REMAINING FUNCTIONS OF THE CABINET MAIN WEAKNESSES OF THE CABINET
Settling ministerial disputes Prime minister is now dominant
Making decisions which cannot be made Most decisions are made in committee
elsewhere Meetings are shorter and are
Dealing with domestic emergencies stage-managed
Determining presentation of policy Large departments have become more
Legitimising decisions made elsewhere independent
Most decisions are made in bilateral
meetings
Much decision making has moved to the
10 Downing Street organisation.

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ARGUMENTS FOR A FULLY APPOINTED SECOND ARGUMENTS AGAINST A FULLY APPOINTED
CHAMBER SECOND CHAMBER
It is an opportunity to bring people into It could put too much power into the
the political process who would wish to hands of those responsible for
stand for election appointing members and can lead to
The member ship can be controlled to corruption
ensure that all major groups and It is undemocratic and holds back
associations in society could be progress towards o modern system
represented It might lack…read more

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