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

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

Edward Page

Published January 11th 2010
ISBN : 9781281989611
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286 pages
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A comparative study of the senior civil service in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Denmark and Sweden. The book provides valuable information about the structures, and composition of the higher civilMoreA comparative study of the senior civil service in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Denmark and Sweden. The book provides valuable information about the structures, and composition of the higher civil service and its position in the political structure through a comparative framework. --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 importanceof the European Union impact on the higher levels of bureaucracy producing similar patterns of change throughout Europe.