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 tendency to 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 change throughout Europe.
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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.'
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Ed Page and Vincent Wright: Introduction
Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos: A Description of the Greek Higher Civil Service
Ignacio Molina Álvarez de Cienfuegos: Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?
Sabino Cassese: Italy's Senior Civil Service: An Ossified World
Luc Rouban: The Senior Civil Service in France
Barbara Liegl and Wolfgang C. Müller: Senior Officials in Austria
Marleen Brans and Annie Hondeghem: The Senior Civil Service in Belgium
Klaus H. Goetz: Senior Officials in the German Federal Administration: Institutional Change and Positional Differentiation
Charlotte Dargie and Rachel Locke: The British Senior Civil Service
Frits M. van der Meer and Jos C. N. Raadschelders: The Senior Civil Service in The Netherlands: A Quest for Unity
Hanne Nexø Jensen: Senior Officials in the Danish Central Administration: From Bureaucrats to Policy Professionals and Managers
Jon Pierre, Peter Ehn and Tim Knudsen: The Welfare State Managers: Senior Civil Servants in Sweden
Ed Page and Vincent Wright: Conclusion