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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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Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?

Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?

(p.32) 2 Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?
Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States

Ignacio Molinaxs Álvarez De Cienfuegos

Oxford University Press

Starts with an account of the Spanish administration over the last two decades (to 1997); includes a definition of the Spanish civil service bureaucratic élite as composed at the top level (which must be filled by public employees) and of senior civil servants who hold political posts. Followed by an analysis of the historical legacy of the Spanish civil service. The next section looks at exactly who the senior civil servants are in relation to the other public employees in the central administration, and in relation to educational background: three different circles of senior bureaucrats are distinguished: a political circle, a politico‐administrative circle, and a bureaucratic circle. Further sections discuss the sociological characteristics of senior officials, the position of the civil servant in the organization, and Spanish civil servants in relation to politics. The conclusion discusses the main structural problems of the Spanish civil service and the constant demands for transformation that there have been over the last two centuries.

Keywords:   bureaucratic elite, central administration, civil servants, civil service, education, public employees, senior bureaucratic circles, senior civil servants, sociological characteristics, Spain

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