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date: 10 April 2021

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Whether it is to provide external interests with a say in decision-making (or at least to be seen to be doing so) or to improve the quality of policy decisions, all political executives need advice. Not only do prime ministers require advice; they also sit astride institutions that provide it, institutions that can be actively shaped and reshaped according to a prime minister’s own leadership styles and needs. This chapter focuses on the relationship between prime ministers in parliamentary systems and the formal and conventional arrangements from which advice flows. It describes the context in which the literature on prime-ministerial advisory structures sits; it introduces key ideas, concepts, and debates; it identifies major contributions to the scholarship; it assesses the current stock of knowledge regarding advisory systems; and it suggests areas for future research.

Keywords: prime minister, advisory systems, core executive, public-service bargain, policy capacity, politicization

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