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Ensuring political responsiveness

  • Although politicization is a perennial research topic in public administration to investigate relationships between ministers and civil servants, the concept still lacks clarification. This article contributes to this literature by systematically identifying different conceptualizations of politicization and suggests a typology including three politicization mechanisms to strengthen the political responsiveness of the ministerial bureaucracy: formal, functional and administrative politicization. The typology is empirically validated through a comparative case analysis of politicization mechanisms in Germany, Belgium, the UK and Denmark. The empirical analysis further refines the general idea of Western democracies becoming ‘simply’ more politicized, by illustrating how some politicization mechanisms do not continue to increase, but stabilize – at least for the time being.

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Author:Thurid Hustedt, Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Subtitle (English):politicization mechanisms in ministerial bureaucracies
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (387)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2018/04/09
Year of Completion:2014
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2018/04/09
Tag:central administration; ministers and civil servants; political advisers; political responsiveness; politicization; public administration
Source:International Review of Administrative Sciences 80(4) (2014), S. 746–765 DOI: 10.1177/0020852314533449
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle