Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States: A Comparative Analysis of Top Officials

Paperback | December 9, 1999

EditorEdward C. Page, Vincent Wright

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Bureaucratic Elites in West European States provides valuable information about the structures and composition of the higher civil service and its position in the political structure through a comparative analysis of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria,Greece, Denmark, and Sweden. The book explores how higher civil service has developed in the light of the massive changes in European societies in the past thirty years. Changes include the size of the top level of the civil service, the growing social diversity of its ranks and well as the tendencyto recruit from outside the civil service. The book also examines how wider social changes, such as the democratisation of education, the growth of interest groups, and the increasing importance of the European Union impact on the higher levels of bureaucracy producing similar patterns of changethroughout Europe.

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Bureaucratic Elites in West European States provides valuable information about the structures and composition of the higher civil service and its position in the political structure through a comparative analysis of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria,Greece, Denmark, and Sweden. The book explores...

Edward Charles Page is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull Vincent Wright is Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 9, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294468

ISBN - 13:9780198294467

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Ed Page and Vincent Wright: IntroductionDimitri A. Sotiropoulos: A Description of the Greek Higher Civil ServiceIgnacio Molina Alvarez de Cienfuegos: Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?Sabino Cassese: Italy's Senior Civil Service: An Ossified WorldLuc Rouban: The Senior Civil Service in FranceBarbara Liegl and Wolfgang C. Muller: Senior Officials in AustriaMarleen Brans and Annie Hondeghem: The Senior Civil Service in BelgiumKlaus H. Goetz: Senior Officials in the German Federal Administration: Institutional Change and Positional DifferentiationCharlotte Dargie and Rachel Locke: The British Senior Civil ServiceFrits M. van der Meer and Jos C. N. Raadschelders: The Senior Civil Service in The Netherlands: A Quest for UnityHanne Nexo Jensen: Senior Officials in the Danish Central Administration: From Bureaucrats to Policy Professionals and ManagersJon Pierre, Peter Ehn and Tim Knudsen: The Welfare State Managers: Senior Civil Servants in SwedenEd Page and Vincent Wright: Conclusion

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`valuable information about the structures and composition of the higher civil service and its position in the political structure through a comparative analysis.' European Access Plus/ European Access, Aug. 00.