Ministers and the Role of the Prime Ministerial Staff

  • Ferdinand Müller-Rommel


The personal staff of prime ministers have come to play a large part in Western European governments, a part that is sometimes regarded as excessive in that it appears to have undermined the nature of cabinet decision-making. Cabinet government may no longer be collective and collegial in most Western European countries for a variety of other reasons, but the existence of prime ministerial staffs seems to have contributed to a substantial extent to the phenomenon.1


Civil Servant Coalition Government Policy Proposal Personal Staff Personal Advice 
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    See for instance G. W. Jones (1991), pp. 1-17.Google Scholar
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    The cabinet secretariat was set up in Britain in 1916 by Lloyd George.Google Scholar
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    The question of ‘prime ministerial government’ was referred to earlier. See Chapter 1.Google Scholar
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    Included are Gemany, France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Den-mark, Austria, and Britain.Google Scholar
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    J. Vahr (1991).Google Scholar
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    P. Gerlich and W. C. Müller (1988), p. 143.Google Scholar
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    S. Eriksen (1988b), p. 189.Google Scholar
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    A. King (1991), p. 41.Google Scholar
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    F. Müller-Rommel (1992), passim.Google Scholar
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    A number of responses have had to be excluded as they did not cover all the questions.Google Scholar
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    Differences in numbers result from the fact that some respondents answered only two or three of the four questions.Google Scholar

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© Jean Blondel and Ferdinand Müller-Rommel 1993

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