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The Core Executive

Dorey, Peter 2020. The Core Executive. In: Garnett, Mark ed. The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society, London, England: Routledge, pp. 9-25. (10.4324/9781315559247)

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The ‘Core Executive’ is the term applied, since the 1990s, to the key individuals and institutions that collectively constitute the centre of British government as the main locus or source of decision-taking and policy-making. This chapter focuses on the key individuals and institutions which collectively constitute the Core Executive, paying particular attention to their roles, their relationships with each other, and to relatively recent changes or developments which have impacted upon their functions or importance. Cabinet committees have become the main institutional locus of much policy-making in the Core Executive, especially when a policy is sufficiently wide-ranging or complex that it transcends the remit or expertise of a single department, thereby necessitating inter-departmental and inter-ministerial co-operation. Cabinet committees normally enjoy full policy-making authority, to the extent that their decisions, when subsequently reported to the full Cabinet, are accepted automatically. As well as their increased importance, there has been a recent change in the character of Cabinet committees.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138677937
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 12:15

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