Journal article
Linking administrative career patterns and politicisation: Signalling effects in the careers of top civil servants in Germany



Publication Details
Authors:
Veit, S.; Scholz-Paulus, S.
Publication year:
2016
Journal:
International Review of Administrative Sciences
Pages range:
516-535
Journal acronym:
IRAS
Volume number:
82
Issue number:
3
ISSN:
0020-8523
eISSN:
14617226

Abstract
This article explores the influence of two types of signalling on the career success of civil servants in the federal ministerial bureaucracy of Germany. Whereas ‘ability signal-ling' displays bureaucratic expertise in the sense of both political craft and administrative management competencies, ‘intention signalling' indicates party politicization. Data are drawn from the biographies of 341 civil servants within the two highest ranks in federal ministries and the chancellery who held office between 2002 and 2013. Taking gender,formal education and career patterns into consideration, we are able to find clearevidence for ‘intention signalling', whereas ‘ability signalling' plays only a minor role. Over time, the accelerating effect of ‘intention signalling' on administrative careers is increasing.


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