Civil Services in the EU of 27

Reform Outcomes and the Future of the Civil Service

by Christoph Demmke (Author) Timo Moilanen (Author)
©2010 Others X, 285 Pages


This volume compares and analyses the national civil services and the most important reform trends in the 27 Member States of the European Union. The authors first examine the reform processes concerning civil servants’ legal status, organisational changes, recruitment policies, remuneration, decentralisation of human resource responsibilities, job security and ethics. They consider in what ways similarities and differences can be detected amongst the 27 Member States and whether and to what extent the national civil services move away from traditional bureaucratic structures. Finally, the authors discuss the main outcomes of the reform processes and the future of the classical civil service. This publication contrasts with the many popular and speculative statements that too often capture the headlines on the future of the civil service and the different human resource management reforms. Instead, it is a measured conclusion about emerging trends and developments in this important policy area. The authors argue that the reform of the public sector will not, as many have predicted, be characterised by clear changes and progress in the area. Instead, the outcomes of the reform reveal a more complex picture of piecemeal and paradoxical patterns of change.


X, 285
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2010 (October)
Civil Service Reforms HR-Reforms Comparative Public Services
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 285 pp., 14 fig., 47 tables

Biographical notes

Christoph Demmke (Author) Timo Moilanen (Author)

The Authors: Christoph Demmke is Professor of Comparative Public Administration at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and Visiting Professor at the college of Europe and the University of Maastricht. He holds a PhD in Administrative Sciences and has taught Comparative Public Administration at several European Universities, national civil service academies and European institutions. The author was an Emile Noel Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Fellow at American University and the University of Georgia (USA). His fields of specialisation are comparative studies of public service reform including human resource management reforms. He has published many books and articles on comparative public service reforms and the implementation of EU environmental law, among other topics. The author has regularly advised the different EU-Presidencies in the field of public services reforms and human resource management reforms. Timo Moilanen, M.Soc.Sc., is a researcher at the Department of Economic and Political Studies at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He has taught human resource management, organisational ethics and research methods at various universities. He has conducted a number of studies and evaluations on State personnel and employer policy, governing bodies and public-service ethics on Finland, and also comparative studies of EU Member States.


Title: Civil Services in the EU of 27