Ø 1) Read texts 5.3 5.8 and fill in the table Development of modern public administration in different countries:

  Prussia France The British Empire The USA The East Developing nations
a)Important dates            
b)Head of state            
c)Official documents            
d)Duties of civil servants            
e)Appointment of civil servants            
f)Requirements for civil servants            
g)Further training of civil servants            
h)Peculiarities of civil service            
i)Drawbacks of civil service            
g)National terms and concepts            

Ø 2) Read the words correctly:a century, machinery, feudal, a sovereign, a corps of civil servants, a crown, throughout.


The foundations of modern public administration in Europe were laid in Prussia in the late 17th and 18th centuries. A rigidly centralized government was considered to be a means of ensuring stability and furthering dynastic objective by the kings of Prussia. Their principal aim was to suppress the autonomy of the cities and to eliminate the feudal privileges of the aristocracy. Civil servants were therefore appointed by the central government to administer the provinces, where the management of crown lands and the organization of the military system were combined in a Kriegs-und-Domänen-Kammer (Office of War and Crown Lands).

The Steuerräte (tax collectors) were subordinate to these offices. They controlled the administration of the municipalities and communes. These officials were all appointed by the central government and were responsible to it. At the apex of the new machinery of government was the sovereign.

This centralized system was strengthened by creating a special corps of civil servants. In the beginning these civil servants - in a real sense servants of the crown - were sent out from Berlin to deal with such purely military matters as recruiting, billeting, and victualling the troops, but in the course of time they extended their supervision to civil matters as well. By 1713 there were clearly recognizable administrative units dealing in civil affairs and staffed by crown civil servants.

Special ordinances in 1722 and 1748 regulated recruitment to the civil service. Senior officials proposed to the king the names of candidates suitable for appointment to the higher posts. The adjutant general proposed noncommissioned officers suitable for subordinate administrative posts.

Further steps were taken throughout the 18th century to regularize the system of recruitment, promotion, and internal organization. All of these matters were brought together in a single General Code promulgated in 1794. The merit system of appointment covered all types of posts, and the general principle was that special laws and instructions determine the appointing authority to different civil service rank, their qualifications, and the preliminary examinations required from different branches and different ranks.

To enter the higher civil service a candidate needed a university degree in cameralistics, which included the science of public finance, the study of administrative law, police administration, estate management, and agricultural economics. After the degree course, candidates for the higher civil service spent a further period of supervised practical training in various branches of the administration. At the end of the practical training they had more oral and written examinations. The basic principles of modern civil services are to be found in this General Code.


Ø 3) Simplify the text in your own words.






Ø 1) Read this text and do task 1 for text 5.3.


(1)A fundamental change in the status of the civil servant came with the French Revolution of 1789. The fall of the ancient regime and the creation of a republic meant that the civil servant was no longer the servant of the king but rather of the state - even though rule by a king or emperor was soon brought back and continued in France for nearly another century. The civil servant became an instrument of public power, not the agent of a person. This led to the growth of public law concerned with the organization, duties, and rights of the public power, of which civil servants were the principal component. Thus, administrative law was added to the ordered structure of the Prussian bureaucracy.

(2)This bureaucratization was greatly fostered by Napoleon I, who built up a new civil service marked not only by some of the features of military organization but also by the principles of rationality, logic, and universality that were the inheritance of the Enlightenment. There was a clear chain of command and a firmly established hierarchy of officials, with duties clearly divided between authorities. Authority was depersonalized and went to the office and not to the official - although Napoleon insisted that each official should be responsible for action taken in the name of his office.

(3)France was divided into new territorial units: departements, arrondissements, and communes. In each of these, state civil servants had a general responsibility for maintaining public order, health, and morality. They were all linked in a chain to the national Ministry of the Interior. A special school, the Ecole Polytechnique, was set up to provide the state with technical specialists in both the military and the civil fields - particularly in general administration. In the field of general administration, the Conseil dEtat (Council of State), descended from the old Conseil du Roi (Council of the King), imposed an intellectual and judicial authority over the rest of the civil service. As the first major European administrative court, it became the creator of a new type of administrative jurisprudence. The prestige of the new French administrative organization and the logical arrangement of its internal structure prompted many other European countries to copy its principal features. And the expansion of the French Empire spread many of its features across the world.

(4)However, in France under the Third Republic (1870-1940), considerable political interference in some branches of the civil service developed. But the work of the civil services was not always efficient because of difficult bureaucratic practices and because of unenergetic personnel. The system was reformed in 1946. It involved changing the administrative structure of the central government, centralizing personnel selection, creating a special ministry for civil service affairs, and setting up a special school, the Ecole National dAdministration.


Ø 2) Name the paragraphs which give information on:

a)a new division of the country into territorial units

b)the principles of the new civil service system in France

c)the often inefficient work of French civil service

d)a well-known French educational institution for civil servants

e) the change in the role of French civil servants

f) reforms in French civil service

g)the appearance of administrative law in France

h)the input of Napoleon I into the development of French civil service

i)the imitation of many features of French civil service by other European countries


Ø 3) Write an annotation to the text.




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