Is there space for hybrid management models of senior civil service across politicaladministrative systems?

David Ferraz


The article analyses the political-administrative dichotomy and the relationships between administrative and political actors. Based on the Peters and the Aberbach, Putnam, and Rockman models of interaction between political and administrative actors, some representative cases were selected and studied in order to identify the specificities of senior civil servant selection, recruitment and employment regimes. The main objective was to verify if there is some space for hybrid management models, combining both the political and meritocratic requisites, in the context of the contemporary democracies. The paper also presents some proposals for a more integrated strategic selection and management policy for senior civil servants, aiming at the improvement of transparency, legitimacy and merit in the selection processes.


Political-administrative systems; senior civil service; top officials; recruitment; selection; hybrid-models; dichotomy; élites; case studies

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