International Handbook on Civil Service Systems

International Handbook on Civil Service Systems

Elgar original reference

Edited by Andrew Massey

While there is no universally accepted definition of civil servant and civil service, this authoritative and informative Handbook compares and contrasts various approaches to organising the structure and activities of different civil service systems.

Chapter 1: Civil Service Systems: Introduction and Scope of the Book

Andrew Massey

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy


Andrew Massey 1.1 INTRODUCTION The aim of this book is to compare and contrast the different approaches that exist for organizing the structure and activities of different civil service systems. This task is set within the context of discussing basic theories and frameworks that provide a disciplinary perspective. Furthermore, the book aims to explore some recurring issues and themes with regard to civil service systems and in doing so to compare a selection of different national systems. Accordingly, the book is divided into two parts, with part one consisting of chapters one to five exploring the historical and theoretical context of public administration and public sector management. Issues and perspectives considered here include the Weberian legacy, joined-up government and the hollowed-out state thesis, as well as the debate between Anglo-American influenced systems versus the Continental European approach to organizing the civil service. Part two (chapters six to fifteen) then explore some international comparisons. Clearly this cannot include every system that exists around the globe, so a decision was taken to explore a selection of states taken from the northern and southern hemispheres, North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Given that these include China, Japan, India and the US, over half the population of the world is represented, but more importantly, so are a selection of mature and emerging administrative systems that start from very different perspectives on what it means to construct a civil service. Each of the country specific chapters addresses, in its own way, the...