Prime Ministerial Management of the Actors in the European Monetary Policy Core Executive

  • Birgit Bujard
Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)


This chapter focuses on the actors in the European monetary policy core executive. In addition to the prime minister, these are particularly foreign secretary and chancellor and at times trade and industry minister(s). Sometimes actors responsible for a policy area not related to European monetary policy also affect the decision-making process. The question is addressed as to how far these actors impact on the prime minister’s political leadership. It also considers whether any of the prime ministers attempted to expand their leeway by using their right of appointment and dismissal and of cabinet management. Lastly, the four prime minister’s options for two-level politics are examined to analyse whether they managed due to their own position in the European Council to force their cabinet to accept decisions.


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  • Birgit Bujard
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  1. 1.CologneGermany

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