Political Executive

… a core term in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100


Lorne Sossin (reference below, p. 4) describes the political executive as the Prime Minister or Premier and Cabinet and the term can be expanded to include the political staff that support them in the Prime Minster’s (or Premier’s) Office and minister’s offices.

He writes:

“The political executive directs the ‘government of the day,’ while the civil service, like the Crown itself, enjoys continuity through transitions of government. Under this approach, the political executive and the civil service may be seen as at once interdependent and independent entities within government.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Machinery of Government (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.


Lorne Sossin (2005), “Speaking Truth to Power? The Search for Bureaucratic Independence in Canada.” University of Toronto Law Journal 55(1): 1-59.

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