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Bureaucratic Elites in West European States provides valuable information about the structures and composition of the higher civil service and its position in the political structure through a comparative analysis of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Denmark, and Sweden. The book explores how higher civil service has developed in the light of the massive changes in European societies in the past thirty years. Changes include the size of the top level of the civil service, the growing social diversity of its ranks and well as the tendency to recruit from outside the civil service. The book also examines how wider social changes, such as the democratisation of education, the growth of interest groups, and the increasing importance of the European Union impact on the higher levels of bureaucracy producing similar patterns of change throughout Europe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198294467
ISBN-10: 0198294468
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edward C. Page

Edward Charles Page is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull Vincent Wright is Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University

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