The Prime Minister vs the Chancellor: institutionalised conflict in economic policy-making

David Richards (Photographer), Diane Coyle, Martin Smith, Sam Warner (Photographer)

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Abstract

Dave Richards, Diane Coyle, Martin Smith, and Sam Warner highlight an important paradox in the British system of government: the centralised financial control exercised by the Treasury in an era of fragmentation within the governing process. They explain how this institutional problem can be understood.

Ahead of Boris Johnson’s recent cabinet reshuffle, most of the headlines wrongly predicted a Macmillan-style ‘night of the long-knives’. In the aftermath, most attention focused on the resignation of Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer. This was widely reported as a power struggle between Number 10 (personified by the PM’s Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings) and the Treasury over who should control the broad thrust of government economic policy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLSE Politics and Policy Blog
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Treasury
  • Whitehall
  • public policy

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