The Government and Administration of Germany

The Government and Administration of Germany

The Government and Administration of Germany

The Government and Administration of Germany

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There are in existence a number of excellent works dealing with the government of the chief countries of Europe. These works have for their prime purpose to describe the political systems of these countries broadly viewed. In no case do they attempt to consider in any detail the internal organization and methods of procedure of these governments as operating concerns. While meeting in a reasonable way the wants of the general student of government, they largely fail to give that information regarding foreign practices which is urgently needed by those interested in the more technical problems of public administration. In studying these problems as they concern the conduct of public affairs in the United States the Institute for Government Research has, from its organization, been handicapped by its lack of knowledge regarding the manner in which foreign governments have handled them. That these governments have much of value to offer in the way of the principles adopted by them in distributing governmental powers, territorially and functionally, in providing for the determination of and in making provision for financial needs, in auditing and otherwise controlling expenditures, in accounting for the receipt and disbursement of public funds, in adjusting relations between the administration and the courts, in providing for the administration of special business enterprises, and in many other respects, there is no doubt.

To furnish such information, the Institute has undertaken the preparation of a series of volumes, of which the present is the first to be completed, having for their purpose to describe and evaluate the administrative systems of the chief countries of Europe. Though the emphasis is placed upon matters of administration, these volumes will necessarily give an account of the governmental systems of the countries considered; since the administrative system of a country can only be understood as viewed in relation to the social and political philosophy back of it, the constitutional structure within which it works, and the ways in which it is affected by political action.

These studies cover not only the central government and its administrative functions, but also all subordinate units; since it is . . .

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