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Governing Together : The Extent and Limits of Joint Decision-Making in Western European Cabinets - Jean Blondel

Governing Together

The Extent and Limits of Joint Decision-Making in Western European Cabinets

By: Jean Blondel (Editor), Ferdinand Muller-Rommel (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1993
ISBN: 9780333556566
Number Of Pages: 338

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Parliamentary cabinets are supposed to be collective bodies, taking their decisions on the basis of agreements among all the members. Yet much has been made of the growth of the role of prime ministers, not just in Britain, but all over Western Europe. Much has also been made of the trend towards letting cabinet decisions be taken by committees or even by individual ministers. These are the issues which this study examines, on the basis of the replies of over 400 cabinet ministers across Western Europe. The result is an empirical analysis of a subject on which what has been known so far has tended to be speculation. Other works by Jean Blondel include "Voters, Parties and Leaders", "An Introduction to Comparative Government", "Comparative Legislatures", "Political Parties", "The Discipline of Politics", "World Leaders", "The Organisation of Governments", "Government Ministers in the Contemporary World", "Political Leadership" and "Cabinets in Western Europe". Ferdinand Mueller-Rommel is the author of "New Politics in Western Europe", "Cabinets in Western Europe" and "Gruene Parteien in Westeuropa".

Preface - List of Contributors - Introduction; J.Blondel & F.M ller-Rommel - PART 1: GENERAL FRAMEWORK OF ANALYSIS - A Model of the Cabinet System: the Dimension of Cabinet Decision-making Processes; R.Andeweg - The Single Party-Coalition Distinction and Cabinet Decision-making; A.P.Frognier - PART 2: THE ROLE OF STRUCTURES IN CABINET DECISION-MAKING - The Organisational Structure of Western European Cabinets and its Impact on Decision-making; J.L.Thi bault - Organising the Flow of Business in Western European Cabinets; M.Burch - Ministers and the Role of the Prime Ministerial Staff; F.M ller-Rommel - The Links between Cabinets and Parties and Cabinet Decision-making; L.de Winter - PART 3: THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUALS IN CABINET DECISION-MAKING - Individual Ministers and Their Role in Cabinet Decision-making; J.Blondel - The Role and Position of Ministers of Finance; T.Larsson - Prime Ministers and Cabinet Decision-making Processes; W.Muller, W.Philipp & P.Gerlich - PART 4: CONCLUSIONS: ACHIEVEMENTS, PROBLEMS AND REFORMS - Decision-making, Policy Content, and Conflict Resolution in Western European Cabinets; J.Nousiainen - Evaluating Cabinet Decision-making; S.Eriksen - Conclusion; J.Nousiainen & J.Blondel - Appendix 1: The Ministerial Survey - Appendix 2: The Newspaper Survey - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333556566
ISBN-10: 0333556569
Series: Extent and Limits of Joint Decision-Making in Western Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 31st August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 3