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Bureaucratic Elites in Western European StatesA Comparative Analysis of Top Officials$
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Edward C. Page and Vincent Wright

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294468.001.0001

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A Description of the Greek Higher Civil Service

A Description of the Greek Higher Civil Service

(p.13) 1 A Description of the Greek Higher Civil Service
Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States

Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Formally, the higher civil service of Greece is a powerful group, but it also has a legitimate claim to relative powerlessness. Its subservient role is correlated with the perennial and problematic features of the organizational structure of the Greek public administration, which, in certain respects, is pre‐modern. Starts by distinguishing the main features of the top management level of the Greek civil service, pointing out the minor role played by Greek civil servants compared with their counterparts in other European countries. Goes on to describe the ranks of civil servants, the methods of recruitment and promotion to the Greek higher civil service, and the interdepartmental mobility of civil servants. Further sections discuss status in the civil service, the social background characteristics and social status of top officials, organizations and informal contacts across ministries, and political party policies towards the higher civil service.

Keywords:   civil servant ranks, civil servants, civil service, Greece, higher civil service, interdepartmental mobility, ministries, political party policies, powerlessness, promotion, ranks, recruitment, social background, social status, status, top officials

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