Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

For Danish civil servants, survival odds get worse

The risk of replacement for top civil servants in Danish central and local government has increased dramatically over the last forty years.  But what is driving this change?  In the current issue of GovernanceJørgen Gronnegard Christensen, Robert Klemmensen and Niels Opstrup examine four decades of data about senior appointments to determine whether the trend toward increasing politicization found in some western countries also holds for the Danish civil service.  They find evidence of “functional politicization”: a practice of replacing career civil servants who do not meet the demands of political executives with other career civil servants.  Read the article.

Written by Governance

April 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Posted in Current issue


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