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Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kirchheimer, and Raffaele Laudani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134130

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134130.001.0001

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General Principles of Administration and Civil Service in Germany

General Principles of Administration and Civil Service in Germany

(July 22,1944)

(p.301) 19 General Principles of Administration and Civil Service in Germany
Secret Reports on Nazi Germany

Otto Kircheimer

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the general principles of government administration and Civil Service in Germany. It begins with an overview of the administrative problems facing military government as well as the characteristics of the present-day administration. In particular, it considers the two features of the German administrative organization: the emergence of the Ministerial Council for the Defense of the Reich as supreme governmental authority, and the cropping up of numerous special commissioners, who are appointed whenever regular agencies fail or new urgent tasks arise. The chapter proceeds by assessing the fate of the German central agencies, the German Civil Service, and the problem of Civil Service replacements. It concludes with recommendations regarding the policy towards German agencies.

Keywords:   government administration, Germany, military government, governmental authority, special commissioners, central agencies, German Civil Service

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