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The civil service in the 21st Century

Comparative perspectives

Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Theo A.J. Toonen og Frits M. van der Meer

Palgrave 2007. 336 s.
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

Over recent decades the civil service has come under intense scrutiny. The role and position of the civil service as central to the public sector has been seriously questioned. This volume provides a comparative study of civil service systems, exploring regional variation and development in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. The cast of international contributors provide new insights into key areas including the impact of juridification; the role of middle-level and local government civil servants; and values of civil service systems. Providing a systematic framework for analysis, this collection offers a comprehensive global study of a key governmental institution.

Contents

Introduction: Civil Service Systems and the Challenges of the 21st Century; J.C.N.Raadschelders, F.M.Van der Meer & T.A.J.Toonen
PART I: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS in CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEMS
Civil Service Development in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS: Swimming with the Tide; T.Verheijen& A.Rabrenovic
Western Europe Civil Service Systems: A Comparative Analysis; F.M.Van der Meer, T.Steen & A.Wille
Anglo-American Systems: Easy Diffusion; J.Halligan
Explaining Civil Service Reform in Asia; J.Burns
Africa: Rehabilitating Civil Service Institutions, Main Issues and Implementation Progress; L.Adamolekun
PART II: CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEMS AS MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE
National Civil Service Systems and the Implications of Multi-Level Governance: Weberianism Revisited?; C.van den Berg & T.A.J.Toonen
Historical Legacies and Dynamics of Institutional Change in Civil Service Systems; P.Bezes & M.Lodge
Public Service Systems at Sub National and Local Levels of Government: A British-German-French Comparison; S.Kuhlmann & J.Bogumil
Middle Level Bureaucrats: Policy, Discretion and Control; E.Page
Reforming Human Resource Management in Civil Service Systems: Recruitment, Mobility, and Representativeness; L.Wise & P.Lægreid
PART III: CIVIL SERVANTS AND LEGALITY, EFFICIENCY, AND RESPONSIVENESS
Law and Management: Comparatively Assessing the Reach of Judicialization; R.Christensen & C.Wise
The Constitutional Responsibility of the Civil Service; J.Rohr
Civil Service Systems and Responsibility, Accountability and Performance: A Multi-Dimensional Approach; G.Dijkstra
Governance and Civil Service Systems: From Easy Answers to Hard Questions; B.G.Peters & J.Pierre
PART IV: CIVIL SERVANTS IN THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
Is Past Prologue to 21st Century Civil Service Systems? Exploring Historical Frames for Discovering Lessons about Institutional Futures; R.Stillman II
Political-Administrative Relations; L.Rouban
Political System Reform: Can Administrative Reform Succeed Without?; J.C.N.Raadschelders & M.Bemelmans-Videc
CONCLUSION
Civil Servants in the Enabling Framework State of the 21st Century; J.C.N.Raadschelders, F.M.van der Meer & T.A.J.Toonen