Anyone observing the recent scandals in the United Kingdom could not fail to understand the political importance of the rewards of high public office. The British experience has been extreme but by no means unique, and many countries have experienced political over the pay and perquisites of public officials.
This book addresses an important element of public governance, and does so in longitudinal and comparative manner. The approach enables the contributors to make a number of key statements not only about the development of political systems but also about the differences among those systems. It provides a unique and systematic investigation of both formal and informal rewards for working in high-level positions in the public sector, and seeks to determine the impacts of the choices of reward structures.
Covering 14 countries and drawing on a wide range of data sources, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of comparative public administration, international politics and government.
Table of Contents
1. Rewards for High Public Office: Continuing Developments Marleen Brans and B. Guy Peters 2. Rewards at the top: cross-country comparisons across offices and over time Marleen Brans, B. Guy Peters, and Bart Verbelen 3. Rewards at the top in UK central government Martin Lodge 4. RHPOs in Ireland: Ratcheting Pay in the Public Sector Eoin O'Malley and Gary Murphy 5. Rewards for High Public Office in the United States B. Guy Peters 6. Rewards for High Public Office in France: Still the Century of Privileges? Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans 7. Rewards for High Public Office. The Case of Italy Elisabetta Gualmini 8. Rewards for High Public Offices in Spain (1990-2009): Incremental Changes Following The Pattern Of The Civil Service Salvador Parrado 9. Rewards at the top in Belgium: Uneasy struggles with transparency and variability in paying public office Marleen Brans 10. Rewards for High Public Office in the Netherlands Frits M. van der Meer, Jan Kenter and Theo A.J. Toonen 11. Rewards for High Public Office – The Case of Norway Per Lægreid and Paul G. Roness 12. The Swedish Case Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg 13. Starting from Scratch: Rewards of High Public Office in Estonia Jane Järvalt and Tiina Randma-Liiv 14. Rewards for High Public Offices: Hungary Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling, László Vass, Vassné Varga 15. Bureaucracy and Rewards in Romania Katja Michalak 16. Into the Labyrinth: The Rewards for High Public Office in Slovakia Katarína Staroňová and Erik Láštic 17. Rewards at the top: the European Union Dyonissis Dimitrakopoulos and Edward C. Page 18. Conclusion: Choosing Public Sector Rewards Guy Peters and Marleen Brans
Marleen Brans is Associate Professor at the Public Management Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an Honorary Professor at both Roskilde University Centre and at the City University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Politics at Zeppelin University, Germany.