This chapter consists of two main parts. The first part examines the study of core executive control. In so doing, it sets the scene for Chapter 2, which explores the particularities of core executive/central bank control. The second part considers the changing patterns of core executive control over the last three centuries. In this way, it provides the background for Chapters 3 - 6 inclusive, which place core executive/central bank relations in Britain and France in an historical perspective. Overall, this chapter serves as an introduction to the politics of monetary policy and to the problem of core executive control in this area.
There are two sets of relationships that feature in the study of core executive control. The first set concerns those that occur within the core executive. This set reflects the relationships between the various actors within the core executive and the resources and constraints that they possess. For example, is