Research projects

Decision-making structures in government

Cabinet government is made up of much more than a single meeting. Decision-making structures include formal and informal meetings across Whitehall through an interlinked network of people. Similar structures have been replicated across a range of parliamentary democracies, from Westminster systems like Australia, to the more collaborative traditions of coalition-based systems in countries like Denmark and the Netherlands.

This research theme examines how cabinet government operates, including aspects like the influence of the prime minister’s office, the role and influence of senior civil servants and special advisors, and how opportunities for ‘challenge’ are built into the system.

Further forthcoming research topics will consider the speed of decision-making and the real-time pressures this places on current structures.


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