National Civil Service Systems in Western Europe: The End or Endurance of Weberian Bureaucracy?

Caspar van den Berg*, Theo A.J. Toonen

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Previous publications in this project demonstrated that state-level administrative systems were increasingly affected by intergovernmental interaction. It is important to stress that the notion of intergovernmentalism involves both the exchange between various national states and the exchange between territorial levels within the state. The increased importance of these two types of intergovernmental exchange raises pressing issues, which shall be addressed in this chapter. The first is whether the available tools for comparative analysis of civil service systems are still adequate. The second is whether the national state is still the most appropriate level of analysis for understanding the nature and dynamics of contemporary governance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Civil Service Systems in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
EditorsFrits M. van der Meer, Jos C. N. Raadschelders, Theo A. J. Toonen
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781137491459
ISBN (Print)9781137325785
Publication statusPublished - 6-Feb-2015
Externally publishedYes

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