This book addresses an important issue and debate in public administration: the politicization of civil service systems and personnel. Using a comparative framework the authors address issues such as compensation, appointments made from outside the civil service system, anonymity, partisanship and systems used to handle appointees of prior administrations in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Britain, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Greece.

chapter 1|13 pages

Politicization of the civil service

Concepts, causes, consequences

chapter 3|14 pages

Politicization of the Swedish civil service

A necessary evil – or just evil?

chapter 4|26 pages

The politicization of the German civil service: a three- dimensional portrait of the ministerial bureaucracy

A three-dimensional portrait of the ministerial bureaucracy

chapter 5|20 pages

Politicization of the civil service in France

From structural to strategic politicization

chapter 6|24 pages

The British civil service

Examining the question of politicisation

chapter 9|19 pages

Dire expectations but subtle transformations?

Politicisation and the New Zealand Public Service

chapter 12|30 pages

Politicisation of the Spanish civil service

Continuity in 1982 and 1996

chapter 13|26 pages

Two faces of politicization of the civil service

The case of contemporary Greece

chapter 14|8 pages


Political control in a managerialist world