Rowman and Littlefield International

The European Public Servant

A Shared Administrative Identity?

Edited by Fritz Sager and Patrick Overeem

This volume shows how the public servant has been conceived throughout history, and asks whether such conceptions are converging towards a common European administrative identity.

Paperback ISBN: 9781785522338 Release date: May 2016
£30.00 €41.00 $49.00
Hardback ISBN: 9781907301742 Release date: Mar 2015
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Pages: 326

ECPR Press

European integration is under pressure. At the same time, the notion of a European administrative space is being explicitly voiced. But does a shared idea of the public servant exist in Europe? This volume shows how the public servant has been conceived throughout history, and asks whether such conceptions are converging towards a common European administrative identity. It combines conceptual and institutional history with political thought and empirical political science. Sager & Overeem's timely analysis constitutes an original effort to integrate history of ideas and cutting-edge survey research. It presents the subject's ideational foundations as well as its modern manifestation in European administrative space.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Part One – Searching for a European Public Servant

Chapter One – Introduction: The European Public Servant’s Shared Identity 3

Fritz Sager and Patrick Overeem

Chapter Two – Changing European Ideas about the Public Servant:

A Theoretical and Methodological Framework 15

Jos C. N. Raadschelders

Part Two – Older Notions of Public Service

Chapter Three – Serving the Public by Advising the Ruler 37

Joanne Paul

Chapter Four – A History of the Oath of Office in The Netherlands 53

Mark R. Rutgers

Part Three – The Formative Nineteenth Century

Chapter Five – Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Public Servant as a

Political Actor in Nineteenth-Century German Thought 75

Niels Hegewisch

Chapter Six – A Not-So-Statist State: The European Public Servant

and the Political Theory of Pluralism 97

Koen Stapelbroek

Chapter Seven – Traditions, Bargains and the Emergence of the Protected

Public Servant in Western Europe 117

Caspar van den Berg, Frits M. van der Meer and Gerrit S. A. Dijkstra

vi The European Public Servant

Part Four – The Americanised Public Servant in Europe

Chapter Eight – The Role of Foreign Ideas in Identity Formation:

The Hegelian Roots of Early American Public Administration 135

Christian Rosser

Chapter Nine – The Dawn of French Administrative Science (1945–70):

A Renewed Conception of the Public Servant 155

Céline Mavrot

Chapter Ten – Cybernetics, German Public Administration and the Reframing

of the Public Servant in the Neo-Verwaltungswissenschaft 175

Pascal Hurni

Part Five – The Europeanised Public Servant in the EU

Chapter Eleven – Developing a Hybrid Identity? The Europeanisation

of Public Servants at the Continent’s Far West 199

Bernadette Connaughton

Chapter Twelve – European Values and Practices in Post-Communist

Public Administration: The Baltic States 219

Karin Hilmer Pedersen and Lars Johannsen

Part Six – Conclusion: A Shared Administrative Identity?

Chapter Thirteen – Shared Values for a European Administrative Identity?

A Cross-National Analysis of Government Employees’ Basic Human Values 245

Julia-Carolin Brachem and Markus Tepe

Chapter Fourteen – Models of Public Servants’ Training and the Crisis

of Democracy: From ‘Politics as Vocation’ to the ‘Effective Bureaucrat’? 273

Gayil Talshir

Chapter Fifteen – Conclusions: Common Ground for a Common Future? 295

Patrick Overeem and Fritz Sager

Index 303

Dr Patrick Overeem is an assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he specialises in political and administrative theory, with a special interest in public ethics. For his doctoral dissertation (2010; published 2012), he studied the constitutional rationale for disentangling politics and administration in modern states. Articles have been published in Public Administration Review, Administration & Society and Administrative Theory & Praxis. His current research concerns constitutional legitimacy, virtue-ethics (especially MacIntyre’s), statesmanship, and the political implications of value pluralism. He teaches courses on political philosophy, administrative ethics, public values, and the philosophy of social science.

Professor Fritz Sager is a political scientist specialising in administrative studies and theory, policy research and evaluation, organisational analysis, and Swiss politics. His research has been published in the Public Administration Review, Governance, Public Administration, Regulation & Governance, Policy Sciences, Policy & Politics, Political Studies, West European Politics, the Journal of Urban Affairs, the American Journal of Evaluation, Public Money & Management, Evaluation, and the Public Management Review among others. In 2010, he won the Marshall E Dimock Award for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review during the volume year 2009. His current research regards knowledge utilisation in direct democracy, positioning strategies of secondary capital cities, and bureaucratic behaviour in policy implementation and in policy failure.

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