Two major themes of this chapter are how the core executive should be organized, and how organization has changed over time, especially due to the growing influence of business thinking in government over the past generation. In turn, an important sign of all this has been the way the influence of business thinking in government has been growing for a generation. For over 20 years individual departments have had governing boards modelled loosely on boards of directors in the private corporate sector. But the coalition government of 2010–15 greatly enhanced the role of these boards, increased the representation of figures from business as non-executive directors and created a potentially powerful outside figure in the form of a lead non-executive director for each department. The development raises two issues. First, is the business of a department.
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