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To What Extent Do Cabinets Play A Role in The political executive A cabinet is delineated as a committee of senior ministers who represent the different government departments or ministers Most political executives have some form of cabinet However the nature of the role of cabinet is dependant on the country it is featured in and the nature of that countries political system All cabinets though serve two principal functions they allow government to display a collective front to legislatures and the electorate so preventing the image that government is in the hands of one person Secondly they act as an administrative instrument to secure effective co-ordination of the bureaucracy who is charged with the implementation of government policy A country without a cabinet is likely to be made up of opposing bureaucratic empires aiming on increasing their own wealth this happened in the Hitler state of Nazi Germany In presidential systems such as the USAs the cabinet acts as device for policy advice as opposed to policy formulation In the second part of the twentieth century the American executive has increased in size though not at a cabinet level there has been an increase in size of the Executive Office of the President It is interesting to note that cabinet is at the apex of countries that regard with high esteem the notion of cabinet government these countries include Great Britain Italy Sweden Norway and numerous Commonwealth states In the USSR a type of collective leadership was in place this was a mirror of the Marxist-Leninist notion In reality communist party leaders for example Stalin were so autocratic they wielded such hegemony over the Politburo and its equivalent state body the Presidium of the council of ministers that leaders stayed in power till they diedThroughout Europe and particularly in Germany ministers are increasingly discouraged from perceiving themselves as part of a collective corpus due to departmental specialisation so exacerbating this tendency
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