Transforming for Europe : the reshaping of national bureaucracies in a system of multi-level governance

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Transforming for Europe : the reshaping of national bureaucracies in a system of multi-level governance

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Transforming for Europe : the reshaping of national bureaucracies in a system of multi-level governance
Author: Berg, Caspar Floris van den
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Issue Date: 2011-01-20
Keywords: Europeanisation
Multi-level governance
Bureaucracy
Civil service
Political-administrative relations
United Kingdom
France
The Netherlands
Public management
Public sector reform
Abstract: In Transforming for Europe. The reshaping of national bureaucracies in a system of multi-level governance, Caspar van den Berg explores the implications of the increasingly multi-level nature of governance for the French, British and Dutch national bureaucracies. Power and competencies in Western Europe are shared by various layers of government as well as multiple types of state and non-state actors. What does this mean for the organisation and functioning of national bureaucracies? While the civil service has become less bureaucratic (in the Weberian sense) in some respects, it is more bureaucratic in others: task-separation and record-keeping for oversight have increased, while permanence of office and political neutrality in various places have decreased. The EU is not a single direct source to any of these developments yet its presence is certainly felt and cross-national distinction is less stark. Nevertheless, deeply ingrained national structures and cultures have thus far prevented the conver¬gence of national bureaucracies into a single European administra¬tive model. Caspar van den Berg (1980) studied International Relations at the London School of Economics and has a PhD from Leiden University. He currently works as an assistant professor at Leiden University and as a public management consultant at Berenschot.
Description: Promotor: T.A.J. Toonen, Co-promotor: F.M. van der Meer
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Citation: Berg. C.F. van den, 2011, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LUP Dissertations
ISBN: 9789087281212
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/16356
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