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Civil Servants and Politics: A Delicate Balance (Public Sector Organizations)

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The relationship between civil servants and politicians is as fascinating as it is complex with their mutual interdependence requiring to cooperate despite the ever-present risk of tension and conflict. For reasons of efficiency it is important that the civil service has a certain degree of independence and detachment from the political process. The requirement of democratically legitimate and accountable decision-making however demands control at the political level.
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 Author

Luc Verhey is Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

 

Sophie Voohanacker is Jean Monnet Professor, Department of Politics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

 

Christine Neuhold is Associate Professor of European Governance, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Abbreviations

PART I: CIVIL SERVANTS AND POLITICS: SETTING THE SCENE

Introduction; C.Neuhold and S.Vanhoonacker

Politicisation: What is it and why should we care?; B.G.Peters

Civil Servants and Politicians: Problems and Future Prospects; L.Verhey

Civil Servants and Whistle-blowing: Loyal Neutrality and/or Democratic Ideal?; G.Hunt

PART II: POLITICISATION OF CIVIL SERVANTS BETWEEN NEUTRALITY AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM? COUNTRY STUDIES

Civil Servants and Politicians: A Very British Relationship; D.Woodhouse

Managerialism and politicisation in the Dutch Civil Service; S.van Thiel

Civil Servants: How to Support the Political Level: The French Case; F.Baron

Civil Service Reform in Slovakia and Hungary: The Road to Professionalisation?; K.Staronova

Civil Servants and Politics in Germany; U.Battis

PART III: SUPRANATIONAL BUREAUCRACIES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PLAYERS

Commission Civil Servants and Politics: De-politicised Bureaucrats in an Increasingly Political Organisation; M.W.Bauer and J.Ege

The European Parliament's Administration: Between Neutral and Politicised Competence; C.Neuhold and I.Romanyshyn

Conclusion; S.Vanhoonacker, C.Neuhold and L.Verhey

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230304833
Author:
Neuhold, Christine
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Verhey, Luc
Author:
Vanhoonacker, Sophie
Subject:
Congress
Subject:
Comparative politics
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w tables, 3 figures
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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