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date: 20 February 2020

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This article explores how the relationship among the prime minister, the cabinet, and public service has evolved and developed in the recent years. It also aims to identify the forces that have shaped and molded these transformations. The article begins by examining the growing power of the prime minister and central agencies, specifically the Prime Minister's Office (MPO). It then proceeds to discuss the cabinet, how it has transformed into more than a focus group, and why it no longer directs the work of the government. The article concludes with a discussion on public service and the transformations in the role of public service.

Keywords: prime minister, cabinet, public service, power, Prime Minister's Office, government

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