Ministers, Minders and Mandarins
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Ministers, Minders and Mandarins

An International Study of Relationships at the Executive Summit of Parliamentary Democracies

Edited by Richard Shaw and Chris Eichbaum

Ministers, Minders and Mandarins collects the leading academics in the field to rigorously assess the impact and consequences of political advisers in parliamentary democracies. The 10 contemporary and original case studies focus on issues of tension, trust and tradition, and are written in an accessible and engaging style.
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Chapter 12: Conclusion: new directions in studying ministerial advisers

Richard Shaw and Chris Eichbaum


The second wave of research on ministerial advisers is driven, in part at least, by the desire to increase the amount and quality of comparative research on advisers in parliamentary democracies. In that context, the primary objectives of this chapter are to propose a theoretical frame that could assist such research, and to provide a preliminary sense of the contribution it might offer. The chapter begins with a description of the framing device, and then applies the model to the book’s ten country cases. Finally, a series of concluding thoughts on future directions for comparative research on ministerial advisers are offered.

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