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Jacques Ziller

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 20: The Continental System of Administrative Legality

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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The Continental System of Administrative Legality
The continental system of administrative legality

In continental Europe, until the last quarter of the twentieth century public administration studies were developed in most countries by scholars who had received their main education in law, and by legal practitioners of public administration.1 For the large part, public administration studies have been primarily a by-product of administrative law. Even Max Weber,2 the founder of sociology of administration, had been educated as a lawyer before becoming interested in economics and in sociology. This tradition contributes a great deal to a somewhat misleading perception of a homogeneous system of law relating to continental European public administration — as opposed to an Anglo-American system that would derive its features from common law heritage. A ...

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