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Senior Officials in Austria

Barbara Liegl and Wolfgang C. Müller

in Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294467
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294468.003.0006
 Senior Officials in Austria

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First provides an overview of the formal structure of the civil service in post‐war Austria and the position of senior officials within it. Includes a discussion of recent changes aimed at making the civil service more flexible and effective and their impact on the top layer of the permanent bureaucracy. The following two main sections look at the incumbents in these positions, and provide information on the demographic and educational background and career patterns (duration in office and inter‐ministerial mobility) of the top civil servants and members of the cabinets ministériels who served in the 1970–1995 period. The next section turns to the political role of senior officials, and the penultimate section discusses the impact of party politics on the civil service. The concluding section summarizes the main points of the chapter.

Keywords: Austria; cabinets ministériels; career patterns; civil service; demographic background; educational background; mobility; party politics; political role; senior civil service; senior officials; top civil servants

Chapter.  11894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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