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From the Active to the Enabling State

The Changing Role of Top Officials in European Nations

  • Edward C. Page
  • Vincent Wright

Part of the Transforming Government book series (TRGO)

About this book


This book surveys the changing role of senior civil servants in Western Europe and explores whether they have kept their central role in government decision-making. Looking at these issues in comparative perspective, the contributors provide an insight into the causes and consequences of the changing role of officials.


decision-making democracy Europe government Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward C. Page
    • 1
  • Vincent Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Nuffield CollegeUniversity of OxfordUnited Kingdom

About the editors

PHILLIPPE BEZES Chargé de Recherches, Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, University of Paris II, France MARLEEN BRANS Professor, Public Management Institute, University of Leuven, Belgium KLAUS GOETZ Professor of Political Science, Universität Potsdam, Germany PATRICK LE LIDEC Chercheur Associé, Centre de Recherches Politiques de la Sorbonne, Paris, France RACHEL LOCKE Partner, BSD Consultants, Hampshire, UK PAOLA MATTEI TH Marshall Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK WOLFGANG C. MÜLLER Professor of Political Science, Universität Mannheim, Germany JON PIERRE Professor of Political science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden JOS C. N. RAADSCHELDERS Professor and Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, USA CHARLOTTE SAUSMAN Formerly Senior Research Associate, Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, UK DIMITRI A. SOTIROPOULOS Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Law School, University of Athens, Greece TRUI STEEN Fellow, Public Management Institute, University of Leuven, Belgium FRITS VAN DER MEER Associate Professor in Comparative Public Administration, Department of Public Administration, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

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