Governing Together

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

  • Jean Blondel
  • Ferdinand Müller-Rommel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Jean Blondel, Ferdinand Müller-Rommel
      Pages 1-19
  3. General Framework of Analysis

  4. The Role of Structures in Cabinet Decision-Making

  5. The Role of Individuals in Cabinet Decision-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Torbjörn Larsson
      Pages 207-222
    3. Wolfgang C. Müller, Wilfried Philipp, Peter Gerlich
      Pages 223-256
  6. Conclusions: Achievements, Problems and Reforms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Svein Eriksen
      Pages 283-300
    3. Jaakko Nousiainen, Jean Blondel
      Pages 301-307
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 308-338

About this book


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. It is indeed true that twenty men and women, meeting only a few hours a week, cannot take all the decisions of the State. 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 the first truly empirical analysis in a subject on which what has been known so far has tended to be speculation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Blondel
    • 1
  • Ferdinand Müller-Rommel
    • 2
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.University of LüneburgGermany

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