Quotation Strobel, Bastian, Ebinger, Falk, Veit, Sylvia. 2019. Representative Bureaucracy: Passive and Active Representation in German Ministries and Agencies. International Conference on Public Policy 4 (ICPP), Montreal, Kanada, 26.06.-29.06.




Public administrations struggle for diversity and passive representation in its leadershippositions. The theoretically expected reward is not only increased legitimacy but also a boost in overall service performance. The proposed theoretical mechanism is the introduction and activation of distinct social identities into rather homogeneous groups, bearing the potential for higher diversity in attitudes and role perceptions, and the potential for active representation ofmarginalized groups. To test this claim, the paper analyses how socio-demographic factors (as gender, migrant background, socioeconomic status) influence role perceptions and attitudes of senior civil servants (SCS) in Germany. Controls are in place for type of organisation (ministry or agency), hierarchical position, educational and career background, religion and age. The analysis draws on the 2017 edition of thePolitical-Administrative Elite (PAE) survey capturing more than 1,000 senior civil servants from ministries and agencies at federal and state level. Our findings reveal that there is no larger effect of socio- demographic factors on role perceptions and attitudes, i.e. no correlation of passive and (the potential for) active representation can be reported. Bureaucratic socialisation, combined with mechanisms of elite reproduction, is likely to explain these results.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Representative Bureaucracy: Passive and Active Representation in German Ministries and Agencies
Event International Conference on Public Policy 4 (ICPP)
Year 2019
Date 26.06.-29.06.
Country Canada
Location Montreal
URL https://www.ippapublicpolicy.org//file/paper/5cf0f52b6b863.pdf


Political-Administrative Elite 2017
Ebinger, Falk (Former researcher)
Strobel, Bastian (Universität Kassel, Germany)
Veit, Sylvia (Universität Kassel, Germany)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5963 Evaluation research (Details)
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