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Administrative TraditionsUnderstanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior$
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B. Guy Peters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198297253.001.0001

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The Germanic Tradition

The Germanic Tradition

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(p.75) 4 The Germanic Tradition
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Administrative Traditions
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B. Guy Peters

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198297253.003.0004

Like the Napoleonic tradition, the Germanic tradition of public administration is based on law. In addition it is based on the ideas of Max Weber about the nature of a proper public bureaucracy, including factors such as the bureaucrat acting according to the law and obeying hierarchical superiors, the presence of files, and some form of accountability. In addition to the legal foundation, several other features stand out concerning the Germanic administrative tradition. One is the acceptance of political connections for the upper echelons of the administrative system. Another important feature is the limited concern with uniformity, given the federal structure of government, even given the common administrative law within the country. Also, the German administrative system has some corporatist elements, involving social actors in government decisions. Like the Napoleonic tradition, the Germanic tradition has also been diffused to countries such as Austria and Switzerland.

Keywords:   Max Weber, administrative law, politicization, federalism, diffusion, corporatism

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