This book addresses major theoretical issues in the fields of public administration and comparative politics. It discusses the role which ideology played as a unifying force for at least parts of the German state bureaucracy in Wilhelmine Germany . The examination of a modernizing ideology in the German case is useful for an understanding of the political dynamics of state-led modernization and industrial strategy in many contemporary societies and the author explains political behaviour and relations in Germany in general terms that are universally relevant.
Part 1: The Problem 1. Politics and Administration 2. The Political Setting for Bureaucratic Conflict Part 2: Policies Introduction 3. The Caprivi Commercial Treaties 4. The Mittelland Canal 5. The Bülow Tariff 6. The 1908/09 Imperial Finance Reform Part 3: Explanations 7. Bureaucratic Conflict and Its Determinants 8. Toward an Explanation of Bureaucratic Conflict. Appendices.