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Rewards at the Top
A Comparative Study of High Public Office

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Volume: 33

April 1994 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How are those "at the top" in public life rewarded? In a democracy, this is a particularly vexing question. Voters may be reluctant to approve high salaries for politicians, bureaucrats, and judges, yet if public service is too poorly rewarded, a political system is likely to become corrupt, inefficient, or turn into a de facto aristocracy. The contributors to this challenging volume examine such key issues as how much are high public officials paid in different countries, who decides on the levels of reward for public servants, how do reward structures interact with career patterns, how are variations between countries to be accounted for, and do richer nations reward their public servants better than poorer nations? Rewards at the Top provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis of this important topic and makes for fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the structuring of high public office.

 
PART ONE: THE RHPO PROBLEM
Christopher Hood and B Guy Peters
Understanding RHPOs
Christopher Hood and Sonia Lambert with associate authors
Mountain Tops or Iceberg Tips?
Some Comparative Data on RHPOs

 
 
PART TWO: LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE?
Christopher Hood
The UK
J[sl]orgen Gr[sl]onnegaard Christensen
Denmark
Institutional Constraint and the Advancement of Individual Self-Interest in HPO

 
 
PART THREE: TRANSPARENCY AND THE CUMUL DES MANDATES
Luc Rouban
France
Political Argument and Institutional Change

 
Marleen Brans
Belguim
Public Office and Private Rewards

 
 
PART FOUR:GOING AGAINST THE CULTURAL GRAIN
Maivor Sj[um]olund
Sweden
Per Laegreid
Norway PART FIVE
SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS, VARYING OUTCOMES

 
Desmond King and B Guy Peters
The United States
Hans-Ulrich Derlien
Germany
The Structure and Dynamics of the Reward System for Bureaucratic and Political Elites

 
Ulrich Kl[um]oti
Switzerland
Serving the State and Maximizing Income

 
 
PART SIX: BEYOND THE NATIONAL LEVEL
Edward C Page and Linda Wouters
Paying the Top People In Europe
 
PART SEVEN: RHPO IN PERSPECTIVE
B Guy Peters and Christopher Hood
Conclusion
What Have We Learned?

 

`Excellent reading for anyone with an interest in the structuring of high public office' - International Review of Administrative Sciences

`This book is the outcome of ECPR collaboration and in many ways reflects the best in comparative research - a little-studied subject studied from a number of national and cultural perspectives with interesting academic and political outcomes' - Crime, Law and Social Change

`The authors strike an engaging and debated vein with their new publication. This 13-chapter anthology deals with how the layers of public life are rewarded. The most advantageous approach for a study of this kind is a comparative study, and the authors have made an effort, both in depth and width, to create a volume which goes beyond the mere essays.... this publication has all the prerequisites for briskly attracting a broad readership and will add firepower to the debate about how much is (too) much' - Political Studies

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