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Public Sector Organizations

Civil Servants and Politics

A Delicate Balance

Editors: Neuhold, C., Vanhoonacker, S., Verhey, Luc (Eds.)

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This comparative study focuses on the changing relations between civil servants and politicians in the European Union in the last two decades. As well as national case studies this book also looks into politico-administrative relations in supranational institutions such as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

About the authors

CHRISTINE NEUHOLD is Associate Professor of European Governance within the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She is a political scientist by training and holds her doctoral degree from the University of Vienna. Her main research interests include the role of parliaments and bureaucracies within the European system of governance.

SOPHIE VANHOONACKER is Professor of Administrative Governance and has a chair in Administrative Governance at the Department of Politics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her main field of research is European administrative governance with a particular focus on the role of bureaucracies/diplomats in the European foreign policy process.

LUC VERHEY is a Member of the Advisory Division of the Dutch Council of State and Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Leiden Law School, Leiden University, the Netherlands. His main field of research is constitutional law with a particular focus on parliamentary law, public accountability, legislation and human rights.

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'This anthology deals with an enduring and highly important theme in public administration: the extent to which officials are recruited and promoted according to party-political criteria. The theme is crucial because it is related to administrative effectiveness and trust in government. The authors present cases that illustrate very well the many variants of such politicisation within Europe.'

Morton Egeberg, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway.

This interesting book is a significant addition to the literature on the interface between elected and unelected public officials. It is topical, intelligent in its selection of case studies - the chapters on the eurocracy are original and rigorous- and balanced in its conclusions. It nuances what 'politicisation' of public administration means in a changing Europe with its multiple layers of governance, facing issues of great complexity and under permanent media spotlight. This is an important book to anyone wishing to understand politics.

Sir Julian Priestly, Former Secretary General of the European Parliament, 1997-2007.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Neuhold, Christine (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • Politicisation: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

    Peters, B. Guy

    Pages 12-24

  • Civil Servants and Politicians: Problems and Future Prospects

    Verhey, Luc

    Pages 25-44

  • Civil Servants and Whistle-Blowing: Loyal Neutrality and/or Democratic Ideal?

    Hunt, Geoffrey

    Pages 45-67

  • Civil Servants and Politicians: A Very British Relationship

    Woodhouse, Diana

    Pages 71-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civil Servants and Politics
Book Subtitle
A Delicate Balance
Editors
  • C. Neuhold
  • S. Vanhoonacker
  • Luc Verhey
Series Title
Public Sector Organizations
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31681-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137316813
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30483-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33872-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 246
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