Chapter 7

Chapter Summary:

In the past four decades national public administrations have been subject to major transformations and the expansion of ‘new public management’ has led to a transformation of government into governance.  The growing necessity to steer all these public-private networks has become a central task of post-modern governance. In this chapter, we show how different countries adjusted to these transformations focusing particularly on how bureaucracies had to change and adopt these principles.

Questions for Revision:

• What are common features of public administrations in Europe? Discuss using examples of at least two countries.
• What is understood under ‘new public management’ and what impact has it on national public administrations?
• Compare the main features of British and German administrative styles.
• How efficient are public administrations in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe? Discuss using examples of at least one country of each region.
• Discuss the impact of European integration on national public administrations.

Further Reading

Introductory essay
Page, Edward C. (1995), Administering Europe. In: Jack Hayward and Edward C. Page
(eds), Governing the New Europe. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 257–85.
General books on public administration in Europe
Chandler, J. A. (eds) (2000), Comparative Public Administration. London: Routledge.
Hayward, Jack and Anand Menon (eds) (2003), Governing Europe. Oxford: Oxford
University Press, (part II on Public Administration).
Pollitt, Christopher and Geert Bouckaert (2004), Public Management Reform: A Comparative
Analysis. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (important text about new public
management reform).

Bureaucratic elites in Europe
Page, Ed and Vincent Wright (eds) (1999), Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States.
Oxford: Oxford University Press (excellent edited volume on the administrative elites in
several European countries).

Performance of public sector
Kuhry, Bob (ed.), Public Sector Performance.An International Comparison of Education
health care, law and order and public administration. The Hague: Social and Cultural
Planning, pp. 271–92, website  (accessed on 13 August 2008).
Kuhry, Bob and Evert Pommer (2007), Public Sector Performance.An International
Comparison. Mimeographed document, published as Publication 2007/1 in Social Cultural
Planning, website, this version is on Kuhry%20Pommer.pdf (accessed on 13 August 2008).

Europeanisation of national administrations
Kassim, Hussein, Guy Peters and Vincent Wright (eds) (2000), The National Co-ordination
of EU Policy. The Domestic Level. Oxford: OUP.
Kassim, Hussein, Anand Menon, Guy Peters and Vincent Wright (eds) (2001), The National
Co-ordination of EU Policy: The European Level. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kassim, Hussein (2003), Meeting the Demands of EU Membership: The Europeanization
of National Administrative Systems. In: Kevin Featherstone and Claudio Radaelli (eds),The
Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 83–111.

Web resource
On European Public Administration Network. Please see database in website accessed 22 August 2009.

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