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The core executive and small states: Is coordination the primary challenge?

The core executive and small states: Is coordination the primary challenge?
The core executive and small states: Is coordination the primary challenge?
This article interrogates three key arguments derived from the functional approach to studying the core executive: 1) that coordination is the primary problem that confronts executive decision makers; 2) that improved coordination will lead to better governance; and 3) that linkage problems dissipate as policy systems consolidate. Drawing on the experience of hitherto understudied small states, including 112 interviews with political elites, we show how the effects of country size create governance challenges in the form of leader dominance, patronage systems, and capacity constraints. Our findings support the call to broaden the focus of functional analysis beyond its traditional emphasis on coordination. For scholars of small states we synthesize existing empirical findings and provide a theoretical justification for future work using an adaptation of the core executive approach.
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Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack, Veenendaal, Wouter and Connell, John (2020) The core executive and small states: Is coordination the primary challenge? Public Administration. (In Press)

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This article interrogates three key arguments derived from the functional approach to studying the core executive: 1) that coordination is the primary problem that confronts executive decision makers; 2) that improved coordination will lead to better governance; and 3) that linkage problems dissipate as policy systems consolidate. Drawing on the experience of hitherto understudied small states, including 112 interviews with political elites, we show how the effects of country size create governance challenges in the form of leader dominance, patronage systems, and capacity constraints. Our findings support the call to broaden the focus of functional analysis beyond its traditional emphasis on coordination. For scholars of small states we synthesize existing empirical findings and provide a theoretical justification for future work using an adaptation of the core executive approach.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 May 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 441289
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/441289
ISSN: 0033-3298
PURE UUID: b942cb56-fa82-47fa-b7f6-3648959a0bdf
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 08 Jun 2020 16:32
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:25

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