The Three Tiers of Executive Power in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

This chapter contends that there are three tiers of executive power in Northern Ireland and examines the constitutional qualities of the executive power exercisable on each of those tiers. It begins by analysing how and why primary executive power, which is vested in the UK Government, is understood in generally unitary terms. It then suggests that secondary executive power, which is vested in devolved Ministers, is best characterised as semi-siloed and comparatively conditional in nature. Finally, it submits that tertiary executive power, which is vested in devolved departments, should be conceptualised as such by virtue of the fact that it is moderated by greater conditionality than any of its superordinates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Judicial Mind
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift for Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
EditorsBrice Dickson, Conor McCormick
PublisherHart Publishing
Chapter13
Pages223-241
ISBN (Print)9781509944781
Publication statusPublished - 02 Dec 2021

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