Class, recruitment and elites within Bureaucracy : the case of the Department of External Affairs

Creator: 

Christensen, Erling

Date: 

1977

Abstract: 

This thesis is an analysis of the acquisition of power in bureaucracy with special emphasis on class and recruitment practices. Included is an analysis of elites and their role in state bureaucracies within capitalist societies. The thesis traces the historical development of the Department of External Affairs and its relationship to the Canadian state. It argues that the Department functions primarily for economic development and protection of the dominant class in Canadian society. This argument is substantiated by an analysis of the role of External Affairs over time and the social makeup of the personnel in both junior and senior positions within the Department. Finally, the thesis also looks at the role of bureaucracy and the state in contemporary capitalist societies

Subject: 

Canada. Dept. Of External Affairs
Elite (Social Sciences) -- Canada
Civil Service -- Recruiting -- Canada

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Sociology

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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