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Senior Officials in the Danish Central Administration: From Bureaucrats to Policy Professionals and Managers

Hanne Nexø Jensen and Tim Knudsen

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/10.1093/0198294468.003.0011
 Senior Officials in the Danish Central Administration: From Bureaucrats to Policy Professionals and Managers

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The Danish senior civil service has a mixture of older and newer traditions, in which history and tradition are very important. Accordingly, this chapter starts by summarizing the historical background to the Danish central public administration and the historical role of Danish civil servants. Further sections then introduce the common organizational principles governing the central public administration. The different sections discuss: ranks and numbers of senior civil servants at the top levels; methods of recruitment and promotion; inter‐ministerial mobility; pay; party membership and the senior civil service; the status in the civil service of high status ministries; the social and educational background of top officials; women at the top; interaction and formal contacts within and between ministries; and political party policies towards the senior civil service.

Keywords: central public administration; civil servants; civil service; Denmark; educational background; history; ministries; mobility; party membership; pay; political party policies; promotion; rank; recruitment; senior civil servants; senior civil service; social background; status; tradition; women

Chapter.  8068 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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