Ministerial Turnover and Why Reshuffles Matter for Parliament

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Reshuffles are a relatively common occurrence in British politics. We expect to see them whenever a new Prime Minister enters Downing Street, after elections and following ministerial resignations. Recent research from the Institute for Government warns that the regular churn of ministers has negative consequences for policy making and for parliamentary accountability. This article summarises their latest research and what this tells us about the potential implications of Boris Johnson’s February 2020 reshuffle on government and Parliament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date11 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Cabinet
  • Parliament
  • Prime Ministers
  • reshuffles
  • turnover


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