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Bureaucratic Elites in Western European StatesA Comparative Analysis of Top Officials$
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Edward C. Page and Vincent Wright

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294468.001.0001

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Senior Officials in Austria

Senior Officials in Austria

Chapter:
(p.90) 5 Senior Officials in Austria
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Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States
Author(s):

Barbara Liegl

Wolfgang C. Müller (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294468.003.0006

First provides an overview of the formal structure of the civil service in post‐war Austria and the position of senior officials within it. Includes a discussion of recent changes aimed at making the civil service more flexible and effective and their impact on the top layer of the permanent bureaucracy. The following two main sections look at the incumbents in these positions, and provide information on the demographic and educational background and career patterns (duration in office and inter‐ministerial mobility) of the top civil servants and members of the cabinets ministériels who served in the 1970–1995 period. The next section turns to the political role of senior officials, and the penultimate section discusses the impact of party politics on the civil service. The concluding section summarizes the main points of the chapter.

Keywords:   Austria, cabinets ministériels, career patterns, civil service, demographic background, educational background, mobility, party politics, political role, senior civil service, senior officials, top civil servants

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