How the prime minister controls the cabinet

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Patronage. Ministers are loyal to them as they choose who is hired or fired.
George Osborne secretary of state (2015).
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Controls cabinet agenda so can manipulate policies discussed.
Wilson reached private agreements with ministers before the meetings to control the outcome and he reportedly wrote the minutes to suit his own conclusion.
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Use sofa politics, discussions with senior ministers outside cabinet to reach agreements and present to the cabinet.
Tony Blair’s style of leadership was described as ‘sofa politics’.
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Can manipulate the membership of important cabinet committees so influence policy formulation.
Vince Cable potential rebel (2010).
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Often use inner cabinets of senior ministers to conduct government and marginalise the cabinet. Often happens during war.
2010 the ‘Quad’ David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander.
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Controls cabinet agenda so can manipulate policies discussed.

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Wilson reached private agreements with ministers before the meetings to control the outcome and he reportedly wrote the minutes to suit his own conclusion.

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Use sofa politics, discussions with senior ministers outside cabinet to reach agreements and present to the cabinet.

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Can manipulate the membership of important cabinet committees so influence policy formulation.

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Often use inner cabinets of senior ministers to conduct government and marginalise the cabinet. Often happens during war.

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