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Civil Service Systems in Western Europe

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Civil Service Systems in Western Europe

9781840646078 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Hans A.G.M. Bekke formerly of Leiden University and Frits M. van der Meer, Department of Public Administration, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2001 ISBN: 978 1 84064 607 8 Extent: 320 pp
Civil Service Systems in Western Europe presents a comprehensive overview of the important issues in modern bureaucracies and provides a comparative analysis of the civil service systems of nine Western European nations. In each chapter expert contributors examine a country specific case study and employ a neo-institutional framework, combined with extensive empirical research, to emphasise the specific nature and development of civil service systems, paying special attention to the current features of each country's civil service.

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Civil Service Systems in Western Europe presents a comprehensive overview of the important issues in modern bureaucracies and provides a comparative analysis of the civil service systems of nine Western European nations. In each chapter expert contributors examine a country specific case study and employ a neo-institutional framework, combined with extensive empirical research, to emphasise the specific nature and development of civil service systems, paying special attention to the current features of each country's civil service.

The authors focus initially on the structural dimensions of civil service systems, which are explored through themes such as internal labour markets and reform and diffusion. The interface between civil service systems and their political and social environment is studied by analysing issues such as representativeness, politicisation and public opinion, whilst the dynamic nature of civil service systems is emphasised by examining their historical development. The authors conclude by comparing the civil service systems discussed in the book, attempting to find parallels and variations between them and proposing possible explanations for the development of these similarities and differences.

This comprehensive book will prove popular with scholars and students of public administration, political science and international affairs as well as civil servants, politicians and policymakers.
Contributors
Contributors: H.A.G.M. Bekke, T. Christensen, G.S.A. Dijkstra, G.K. Fry, K.H. Goetz, A. Hondeghem, R. Lewansky, D. McKevitt, F.M. van der Meer, M.-C. Meininger, M. Millar, S. Parrado Díez
Contents
Contents: 1. Civil Service Systems in Western Europe: An Introduction 2. The British Civil Service System 3. The Irish Civil Service System 4. The Development and Current Features of the German Civil Service System 5. The Development and Current Features of the Norwegian Civil Service System 6. The National Civil Service in Belgium 7. The Development and Current Features of the Dutch Civil Service System 8. The Development and Current Features of the French Civil Service System 9. The Development and Current Features of the Italian Civil Service System 10. The Development and Current Features of the Spanish Civil Service System 11. West European Civil Service Systems: Variations and Similarities Index
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