The principal functions of the executive are as follows:
- The executive is the branch of government responsible for the implementation of laws and policies adopted by the legislature.
- The executive is often involved in the framing of policy.
- The official designations of the executive vary from country to country.
- Some countries have presidents, while others have chancellors.
- The executive branch is not just about presidents, prime ministers and ministers. It also extends to the administrative machinery (civil servants).
- While the heads of government and their ministers, saddled with the overall responsibility of government policy, are together known as the political executive, those responsible for the day-to-day administration are called the permanent executive.
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