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De politieke aliënatie van de leidinggevende ambtenaren

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  • Guido Dierickx

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The level of political alienation is high among higher civil servants in Belgium, at least when we compare them to their colleagues in Germany. Explanatory factors should, then, have a noticeable impact on both the intra- and the inter-country variance. Early academie and political socialization seems to matter little except for the socialisation in ideological and general culture : Belgian higher civil servants are less egalitarian and more "materialistic" and therefore, it seems, more politically alienated. Another promising factor appears to be the opportunity to participate in actual policy making : in this respect too the Belgian officials are not well served. However, the most striking factor is the degree of technocratism which breeds an attitude of disrespect for politicians. But how to explain that the Belgian higher civil servants grew up to be such technocrats ?

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Dierickx, G., (1991) “De politieke aliënatie van de leidinggevende ambtenaren”, Res Publica 33(2), p.183-204. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v33i2.20360

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29 Jun 1991
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