Evaluating Cabinet Decision-Making

  • Svein Eriksen


The cabinet is a multi-purpose body. Its main activities are coordination, innovation, and management.Coordination is a manifest requirement, but it is often difficult to achieve, given the multiplicity and complexity of the governmental tasks.Innovation is regarded as one of the tasks of cabinets, since these are deemed to be instruments of social change: a new government often means a new beginning. The view that the cabinet is an innovating agent is connected to the fact that in most Western European countries the cabinet has a virtual monopoly of initiation of legislation. All major political reforms are prepared in the ministries and presented to parliament after discussion in cabinet. The idea that a change of cabinet also means a break is helped by party political rhetoric, especially at election time, when party leaders claim that a new era is about to begin.


Prime Minister Civil Servant Western European Country Grand Coalition Christian Democrat 
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