The Cabinet: A Viable Definition and its Composition in View of a Comparative Analysis

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  • Cristina Barbieri
  • Michelangelo Vercesi
This article is made up of two main parts. The first part points out two different definitions of cabinet – that is, functional and legal definitions. It also highlights the strong points and the shortcomings of both, proposing at the same time a new definition more suitable for a comparative analysis. In doing this, it puts forward some useful criteria with a view to establishing what a minister actually is, what a cabinet is and how it is made up. The second part provides an overview of the structures of governments in 38 countries, from core to junior ministers, on this basis
ZeitschriftGovernment and Opposition
Seiten (von - bis)526-547
Anzahl der Seiten22
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 10.2013