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

Edward C. Page and Vincent Wright

Abstract

Presents a comparative study of the senior civil service in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Denmark, and Sweden, which provides information about the structures and the composition of the higher civil service, and its position in the political structure. Explores how the higher civil service has developed in the light of the massive changes in European societies over the past thirty years. These changes include the size of the top level of the civil service, the growing social diversity of its ranks, and the tendency to recruit from outside th ... More

Keywords: Austria, Belgium, Britain, bureaucracy, bureaucratic elite, change, civil service, Denmark, Europe, European Union, France, Germany, Greece, interest groups, Italy, Netherlands, recruitment, senior civil service, social changes, social diversity, Spain, Sweden, top officials, Western Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294468.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward C. Page, editor
University of Hull
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Vincent Wright, editor
Nuffield College, Oxford