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The German Chancellor might take any question and decide it in lieu of the minister (Richtlinienkompetenz, Art. 65 Satz 1 GG). Whether he effectively can is, of course, another question.  

Generally speaking, collegiality seems to be on the retreat, except in Switzerland. E.g., the weight of the numerous British ministers seems to be rather light, and decreasing. And, last but not least, the US gouvernment is really monocratic, and has, for all intents and purposes, no ministers at all.

Nobody cares for the [quality of the] administration any more.

by Humbug (mailklammeraffeschultedivisstrackepunktde) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 06:27:05 PM EST
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