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Ideologues, Partisans, and Loyalists – Ministers and Policymaking in Parliamentary Cabinets - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Ideologues, Partisans, and Loyalists: Ministers and Policymaking in Parliamentary Cabinets

Despina Alexiadou


Ministerial appointments and cabinet reshuffles routinely feature in newspaper headlines and news show discussions. Political commentators see them as crucial political choices regarding governments’ policy priorities. Yet, we lack a systematic understanding of the role of cabinet ministers as policymakers. Do ministerial appointments actually make a difference in policy outcomes? This book demonstrates that ministerial appointments are crucial for predicting policy outcomes. Not all ministers can affect the government’s policy agenda equally successfully. Loyalists, who are loyal to their par ... More

Keywords: cabinet ministers, parliamentary cabinets, economically advanced democracies, labour market policies, social welfare policies, policymaking, loyalists, partisans, ideologues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755715
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Despina Alexiadou, author
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh