This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Chapter 24: Politicization of the Civil Service
Politicization of the Civil Service
The politicization of the civil service has been the subject of considerable debate in Western democracies for at least the past two centuries. The matter is of particular importance in the eyes of both civil servants and theorists of the state. For civil servants at the start of the twenty-first century, politicization represents a threat to their professional status and the strategic balance that has gradually been achieved between public administration and politics. For theorists, politicization implies taking into consideration all dimensions of bureaucratic activity. In fact, public administration is, in the broad sense, a political institution. As Levine, Peters and Thompson point out: ‘Since administrative activity invariably affects who gets what from government and cannot ...