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Politico-administrative elite (PAE)

Senior civil servants and ministerial decision-making – the politico-administrative elite (PAE) project

In this research cluster, we investigate the decision-making behavior in ministerial bureaucracies by interlinking individual background and belief systems of Senior Civil Servants with decision-making behavior. The analyses are based on quantitative elite surveys (PAE Survey) and qualitative elite interviews (PAE-Interviews) in Germany. PAE Survey is the continuation of the Comparative Elite Study project initiated by Joel Aberbach, Robert D. Putnam and Bert Rockman in the 1970s and covers a time span of more than 40 years in six waves. Since 2005, the survey is conducted every four years and captures the SCS of each outgoing government. The aim of the survey changed from gaining insights into background, role understanding and practices of ministerial bureaucrats to a more analytical focus, investigating the antecedents and mechanisms leading to distinct practices and outcomes. The unique database allows for longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses to answer a broad spectrum of questions relevant to the understanding of the interrelation of personnel, processes and outcomes of public services.

Since 2017, the project is jointly headed by Falk Ebinger (WU Vienna), Sylvia Veit (University of Kassel) and Marian Döhler (University of Hannover).
 

Relevant Publications

  • Ebinger, F., Veit, S. & Fromm, N. 2019. The Partisan-Professional Dichotomy revisted: Politicization and Decision-Making of Senior Civil Servants. In: Public Administration. 97(4). DOI: 10.1111/padm.12613.

  • Veit, S., Fromm, N. & Ebinger, F. 2018. Nein zu sagen ist eine unserer wichtigsten Pflichten. Politisierung, Rollenverständnis und Entscheidungsverhalten von leitenden Ministerialbeamt*innen in Deutschland. der moderne staat (dms) – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management 11(2), 413-436. DOI: doi.org/10.3224/dms.v11i2.02

  • Ebinger, F., Lux N., Kintzinger, C. & Garske, B. 2018. Die Deutsche Verwaltungselite der Regierung Brandt bis Merkel II. Herkunft, Zusammensetzung und Politisierung der Führungskräfte in den Bundesministerien. der moderne staat (dms) – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management 11 (2), 389-411. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3224/dms.v11i2.01

  • Ebinger, F. & Schmitt, C. 2012. Autonomie und Autonomieeffekte: Theoretische und methodische Erläuterungen. PVS – Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Heft 53/1, 98-108. PDF

  • Bogumil, J., Ebinger, F. & Jochheim, L. 2012. Spitzenbeamte und ihr Verhalten bei politisch relevanten Entscheidungen. In: Bürokratie im Irrgarten der Politik. Gedächtnisband für Hans-Ulrich Derlien. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Sektion des Internationalen Instituts für Verwaltungswissenschaft, Band 36. Hrsg. Dieter Schimanke, Sylvia Veit und Hans-Peter Bull, Baden-Baden: Nomos. 151-174. Link. PDF

  • Ebinger, F. & Schmitt, C. 2010. Alles eine Frage des Managements? Wie Autonomierechte die Handlungsfreiheit des administrativen Führungspersonals beeinflussen. PVS – Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Heft 51/1, S. 69-93. Link

  • Ebinger, F. & Jochheim, L. 2009. Wessen loyale Diener? Wie die große Koalition die deutsche Ministerialbürokratie veränderte. dms – der moderne staat – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management, Heft 2/2009, S. 335-353. Link

  • Schwanke, K. & Ebinger, F. 2006. Politisierung und Rollenverständnis der deutschen Administrativen Elite 1970 bis 2005. Wandel trotz Kontinuität. PVS – Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 37: Politik und Verwaltung. 227-249. Link
     

Funding

The 2013 edition of PAE-Survey was generously funded by Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Germany.

The 2017 edition of PAE-Survey was generously funded by Leibniz Forschungszentrum Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft (LCSS).
 

Activities

  • Veit, S. & Ebinger, F. 2020. It’s (not) just a job. How senior civil servants’ responsibilities frame their attitudes in decisionmaking. Paper prepared for Trans-European Dialogue Conference (TED), Bratislava (Slovakia), 11-13 February 2020 (with Sylvia Veit and Bastian Strobel).

  • Veit, S. & Ebinger, F. 2019. Same same but different? Administrative Roles and Politicization in Ministerial Bureaucracies. Paper presented at Section The Politics of Bureaucracy, Panel: The preferences, motivations and decision behaviour of policy bureaucrats, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, 4-7 September 2019. University of Wroclaw, Polen.

  • Strobel, B., Veit, S. & Ebinger, F. 2019. Representative Bureaucracy: Passive and Active Representation in German Ministries and Agencies. Paper presented at “Politics and Public Administration within Core Executives”, International Conference on Public Policy, 26-28 June 2019, Montreal, Canada.

  • Enkler, J. & Ebinger, F. 2014. What frames Top Administrators' Behaviour? Explaining Functional Politicization of Elite Civil Servants. Paper presented at PSG VII: Quality and Integrity of Governance, European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference 2014. 10-12 September 2014, Speyer, Germany.

  • Kintzinger, C. & Ebinger, F. 2014. Research at the Leading-String? Perceptions and Experiences of Administrative Elites in German Federal Agencies. Paper presented at International Political Science Association (IPSA) 23rd World Congress of Political Science. 19-24 July 2014, Montréal, Canada.