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The three As of government formation: appointment, allocation, and assignment

Dewan, Torun and Hortala-Vallve, Rafael (2011) The three As of government formation: appointment, allocation, and assignment. American Journal of Political Science, 55 (3). pp. 610-627. ISSN 0092-5853

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How does the Prime Minister organize her government so that she can implement her policy agenda? In our model, a Prime Minister appoints individuals to her cabinet, allocates their portfolios, and assigns their policy tasks-that is, she decides the relevant jurisdiction of departments and the type of proposals a minister can make. Upon appointment, ministers obtain expertise on policies specific to their jurisdiction and strategically communicate this information to the Prime Minister before a policy is implemented. Assignment allows the Prime Minister to implement her agenda even when she is constrained to appoint ministers whose policy preferences are far from her own. A Prime Minister weakly prefers a diverse cabinet. In equilibrium, the Prime Minister is indifferent between delegating policy or implementing policy herself.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Midwest Political Science Association.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 15:30

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