By Simon James
Absolutely revised and up-dated, this re-creation of Simon James entire and obtainable textual content keeps to supply a good perception into this important subject of British politics. It attracts at the wealth of recent fabric that has develop into to be had lately to make clear the mechanisms, constitution and realities of the cupboard method in Britain from 1945 to the current 1945. Its assurance includes:
· ministers and their departments
· collective decision-making
· the position of the top Minister
· the strengths and weaknesses of the cupboard system
· the way forward for the cupboard approach. British cupboard govt will provide either A-level scholars and undergraduates a transparent figuring out of the realities of this imperative element of British politics.
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This is supplemented by one or two meetings with officials. On the day of the meeting he flies to Brussels, or occasionally Luxembourg, and is further briefed by the U K permanent representative on the latest developments and on how the Council’s President and other ministers are expected to handle matters. This last minute update is useful: some countries coordinate their EU negotiating stance poorly and the intentions of, say, Germany, often become clear only at the last moment. The Council then gathers for lunch, the occasion of much lobbying of other ministers and the Commission.
The key policy coordination role is more likely to be played by their deputy secretaries, who have become chief executives for their policy areas. But as the volume of business has mounted and efficiency reviews have thinned out the upper ranks of officials, even they have to lean heavily on the staff below them. The consequence is that ministers are getting an increasing amount of advice from the middle band of officials in the department: the grade 5s and 7s, who are the most likely to be called up to see the minister if he wants to discuss an issue in any detail.
It is essentially an auxiliary post that helps the minister, gives the PPS an insight into departmental life and significantly adds to the government’s ‘payroll vote’, for the Ministerial Code decrees that no PPS may vote against the government. The European Community The impact on departmental work From the outset, Whitehall has integrated EU business into the daily work of departments rather than treat it as a separate activity. As in most EU countries, no separate Department for European Affairs has been set up; instead the Cabinet Office coordinates cross-departmental policy when necessary (see Chapter 7).
British cabinet government by Simon James