Abstracts: May 9th, 2001

Graham WhiteThe devolution of power to new parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offers the possibility of tailoring policy to local conditions and priorities and this article gives valuable insights into the way this is achieved elsewhere. Key elements of the Canadian ‘model’ of cabinet differ markedly from the structures and processes of cabinets in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but the underlying principle remains the same. The article outlines features of the Canadian provincial cabinet organization and operation which are unique or unusual in Westminster systems and suggests that important lessons for the new national institutions may be found in the experience of cabinet government in Canada. The five distinctive aspects of Canadian cabinets are outline: their size and structure; the ‘representational imperative’ in their composition; the ramifications of party leadership selection processes; the prominence of political staff; and the widespread lack of political and parliamentary experience among ministers.

Public Money and Management Vol. 21 No. 2 pages 17- 24. www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk