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Prime Minister, Cabinet and Core Executive

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14 August 1995

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This new reader is designed to break the mould of core executive studies by broadening the focus of analysis from the conventional concentration on the relative power of Prime Minister and Cabinet to assess the whole battery...

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This new reader is designed to break the mould of core executive studies by broadening the focus of analysis from the conventional concentration on the relative power of Prime Minister and Cabinet to assess the whole battery of mechanisms which co-ordinate policy and manage conflict. It brings together chapters introducing new theoretical perspectives and assessing the changes in executive structure and decision making from Wilson to Thatcher with in-depth case studies of the executive in action.

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List of Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
Introducing the Core Executive; R.A.W. Rhodes
PART 1: SURVEYING THE FIELD
From Prime Ministerial Power to Core Executive; R.A.W. Rhodes Central Government Departments and the Policy Process; M. Smith, D. Marsh & D. Richards
PART 2: INTERPRETING HISTORY
Relations Between Prime Minister and Cabinet: From Wilson to Thatcher; S. James
The Downfall of Margaret Thatcher; G.W. Jones
Interpreting the Fall of Margaret Thatcher: Power-dependence and the Core Executive; M.J. Smith
The Cabinet Office and Co-ordination of 1979-87; A. Seldon
The Ethos of the Cabinet Office: A Comment on the Testimony of Officials; M. Lee
Ministerial Responsibility and the Theory of the British State; A. Beattie
PART 3: EMPIRICAL STUDIES
Reinterpreting the Westland Affair: Theories of the State and Core Executive Decision Making; P. Dunleavy
Core Executive Decision Making on High Technology Issues: The Case of the Alvey Report; L. Keliher
Joining the ERM: Analysing a Core Executive Policy Disaster; H. Thompson
Leaders, Politics and Institutional Change: The Decline of Prime Ministerial Accountability to the House of Commons, 1868-1990; P. Dunleavy & G.W. Jones with J. Burnham, R. Elgie & P. Fysh
Estimating the Distribution of Influence in Cabinet Committees under Major; P. Dunleavy
Guide to Further Reading; R.A.W. Rhodes
References Author
Index
Subject Index.

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R.A.W. RHODES is Professor of Politics at the University of Newcastle Upn Tyne. He is currently Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's research inititive on Local Governance, and Director of the ESRC's Whitehall Research Programme. His recent publications include Beyond Westminster and Whitehall and the edited collections Implementing Thatcherite Policies: Audit of an Era and Policy Networks in British Government.

PATRICK DUNLEAVY is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His previous publications include Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice and Theories of the State. He has been co-editor of Developments in British Politics since the first edition in...

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R.A.W. RHODES is Professor of Politics at the University of Newcastle Upn Tyne. He is currently Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's research inititive on Local Governance, and Director of the ESRC's Whitehall Research Programme. His recent publications include Beyond Westminster and Whitehall and the edited collections Implementing Thatcherite Policies: Audit of an Era and Policy Networks in British Government.

PATRICK DUNLEAVY is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His previous publications include Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice and Theories of the State. He has been co-editor of Developments in British Politics since the first edition in 1983.

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