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Machinery of Government (in Canada) 

Provides for the constitutional exercise of the power of the state through the efficient organization of government, the proper functioning of the institutions of the state, and the appropriate roles and relationships of office-holders.

(D’Ombrain, Nicholas. 2007. “Ministerial Responsibility and the Machinery of Government." Canadian Public Administration 50 (2): 203-204.)

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“Machinery of government” is a term widely used but seldom defined. It captures the essentials of Westminster-style government and is perhaps more accessible and useful when defined in detail, as follows. The machinery of government provides for the constitutional exercise of the power of the state through the efficient organization of government, the proper functioning of the institutions of the state, and the appropriate roles and relationships of office-holders, all in accordance with the principles, conventions and practices of parliamentary and cabinet government.

     

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