The public administration , including Administrative called, is by Otto Mayer , the activities of the State or other support of public administration that neither legislation ( legislative ) or jurisdiction ( judiciary is), nor political government activities ( Gubernative exercises). According to this, the public administration is that part of the executive that carries out public tasks . It is the administrative part of the executive.
The bureaucracy theory according to Max Weber functions as an organizational theoretical model for public administration . The results of public administration are known as administrative performance. Public administration as an interdisciplinary object of investigation is the subject of administrative science .
Public administration has certain characteristics and, according to Ernst Forsthoff, can be described rather than defined.
The actions of the administration are bound by law and order ( reservation of the law ) and not in contradiction to existing legal regulations ( primacy of the law ). This also includes a certain distribution of responsibilities .(3) GG). According to the principle of the legality of the administration, the administration may not act without legal authorization (
The agents of the administration are the authorities , which are structured hierarchically . The execution control ( service , legal and technical supervision ) is the responsibility of the respective higher authority or the top management. The highest authorities at the federal and state level are the ministries , the top administration is the respective minister . In the system of separation of powers, the top management is accountable to an elected body ( parliament ), for example the mayor as the main administrative officer of the city administration to the local council .
Concept of public administration
Public administration deals with the administration of the state. The term administration distinguishes between administration in the organizational sense, administration in the material sense and administration in the formal sense.
Administration in the organizational sense
Administration in the organizational sense means the administrative apparatus, i.e. H. the organization of the administration in administrative bodies , administrative bodies and all other administrative bodies.
Management in the material sense
Administration in the material sense is state activity that has the material perception of administrative matters as its object, regardless of the administrative agency or body involved. Previous attempts to define the term did not fully delimit the term or were differentiated, but very abstract.
According to this, public administration in the material sense is, for example, "the manifold, conditional or only purpose-determined, i.e. insofar externally determined, only partially planning, self-involved, decisive executing and shaping perception of the affairs of communities and their members as such by the community administrators appointed for this purpose" or "as the organs of executive power and certain legal entities assigned to them, independently responsible and constant execution of the tasks of the community through concrete measures in legal connection according to (more or less specified) a given purpose. "
Administration in the formal sense
Administration in the formal sense means all activities carried out by the administrative authorities, regardless of whether they are of a materially administrative nature such as the issuing of an administrative act or a statutory ordinance .
The general administrative law regulates procedures and legal institutions that apply uniformly for the whole administration. The special administrative law includes the legal bases for the individual sub-areas of administration, such as civil service law , police law or commercial law .
In contrast to these legal norms with external effect , administrative regulations ( decrees , circulars , service instructions ) have basically no effect on the citizen. As so-called internal law, they only regulate internal processes within an administrative body, such as the cooperation between various organs . Exceptions can result from the self-commitment of the administration .
Based on the historically oldest task of protecting the respective territory externally and internally and securing its financial basis, intervention management ( regulatory and tax management ) is one of the classic fields of action of public administration. In the 19th century came Steering administration for promoting economic prosperity through trade and industry, and finally the power management of a modern welfare state added that the social security of citizens through support of individuals (eg. As social assistance ) and the provision of public services of general interest guaranteed.
The demand management is the procurement of staff and equipment for the management activity.
Recently, the public administration has also been expected to perform its tasks “ sustainably ”.
Porters and staff
If the administration by own authorities exercised by the Federation or of the countries, it is called direct state administration . This also includes government operations and own operations . If, on the other hand, independent legal entities ( corporations , institutions or foundations under public law ) as well as entrusted (authorized) entrepreneurs are active, for example a master chimney sweep , TÜV or DEKRA , one speaks of indirect state administration .
The direct federal administration is entrusted with the implementation of all matters which, according to the Basic Law , fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government ( to GG). It has a total of 316,500 employees. Below are some federal authorities and their number of employees:
- Foreign Service (8,700)
- Federal Finance Administration (48,000)
- Federal Armed Forces Administration (75,000; in future 50,000)
- Federal Police (40,000)
- Federal Criminal Police Office (5,500)
- Federal Prosecutor's Office
- Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (11,000)
- Federal Motor Transport Authority (1,000)
- Federal Office for freight
- Federal Railway Office
- Federal Office of Justice
- Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany
- Federal Aviation Office
- German Weather Service
- Federal Highway Research Institute
- Federal Institute for Hydrology
- Federal Institute for Hydraulic Engineering
- Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks (5,000)
- Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning
- Federal Office of Administration (2,200)
- Bundestag administration
- Federal Council administration
- Office of the Federal President
In addition, there are 186,600 soldiers who are not registered as members of the administration but are subordinate to the Ministry of Defense, and almost 80,000 THW members who are subordinate to the Federal Ministry of the Interior .
There is also the indirect federal administration. This includes the employees of corporations, institutions and foundations under public law under federal supervision and the employees of the Bundesbank .
The federal administration has given up a considerable proportion of its employees since 1990. First of all, the postal reform transferred all employees of the postal authorities to the private-law units of Post , Telekom and Postbank ; with the railway reform , the former authority of the Federal Ministry of Transport was also transferred to private structures (with the exception of the federal railway assets ). In addition, German air traffic control was privatized.
Since the states are entrusted with the vast majority of administrative tasks in Germany ( companies are the outstanding part of public administration in terms of staffing levels. 2.3 million people work in the 16 German state administrations, specifically:GG), the state authorities and the affiliated
- in the financial administration of the federal states (153,300)
- in universities (237,900)
- in schools and pre-school education (817,400)
- in legal protection and court administration (189,700)
- in the police (273,600, including 228,000 law enforcement officers)
- in the other administrations (601.100).
Only public employees are given for the universities. A total of 488,700 employees work at universities and another 189,200 employees in their affiliated clinics .
The communities in Germany manage all local community affairs in their own sphere of activity . This right of self-government is guaranteed to them in the Basic Law ( Paragraph 2 of the Basic Law). In addition, they perform state tasks assigned to them by law in the assigned sphere of activity .
The municipal task structure distinguishes between:
- voluntary tasks such as baths, buses, theater, etc.
- Mandatory tasks without instructions: schools and kindergartens, electricity, gas, water, garbage collection, etc.
- Mandatory tasks according to instructions: social assistance , housing benefit , fire brigade , civil defense , municipal elections , etc.
- State commission matters: census, registration of conscripts, state and federal elections.
The municipalities of an area are counties (in some countries circles called) joined forces to cope more effectively to higher-level tasks (in particular mandatory tasks). From a certain number of inhabitants, which varies depending on the federal state , cities are independent. In addition to districts, there are other municipal associations for special tasks , such as the landscape associations in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony . The supervisory bodies of these corporations are made up of local representatives and are financed by contributions from the local budget .
In summary, the local governments employ 1.57 million people, divided into the following areas:
- general administration (249,000)
- public safety and order (115,000)
- Schools (128,000)
- Science, Research and Culture (86,000)
- social security (281,000)
- Health, Sport and Recreation (84,000)
- Construction, housing, transport (138,000)
- public institutions, business development (155,000)
- Hospitals (278,000)
- other (58,000).
Forms of administrative action
The public administration usually fulfills its tasks in a legal form under public law , i. This means that it acts on the basis of legal provisions that can be assigned to public law. The Administrative Procedure Act applies to the public administration activities of the authorities ; the administrative courts are responsible for all public-law disputes of a non-constitutional nature ( (1) VwGO ). Public-law pecuniary claims and administrative acts are enforceable by way of administrative enforcement ( , the Administrative Enforcement Act ).
However, benefit administration tasks can also be carried out under private law (private administrative law ). The administration also acts according to private law (for example according to the sales law of the BGB ) when it comes to covering its own needs, the so-called fiscal auxiliary business such as the procurement of office supplies .
Public administration tasks can also be performed by natural or legal persons under private law without the responsibility of the administration being lost. In this case, the public administration engages the private third party as an administrative assistant .
The demarcation of public and private law is judged according to the modified subject theory .
- public law activity
- private law activity
The reform of the public administration occupies the administration itself and the administrative sciences as well as a not inconsiderable number of consulting firms - not to forget the KGSt ( communal joint agency for administrative management ).
The reform goals are both to increase effectiveness and citizen-friendliness as well as to consolidate the budget . Due to the sometimes enormous downsizing, which can only be absorbed to a limited extent by privatization or the use of modern office communication technologies, structural adjustments in the administrative organization are often necessary in addition to administrative process optimization. Whether this can compensate for the downsizing depends on the individual case.
The strict hierarchy leads to an authoritarian structure within the administration. Authorities therefore often work in a way that is based on a division of labor and decisions follow fixed official channels . The management of the administration is therefore very formal and, due to its politically oriented management top, is not essentially geared towards economic goals. The lack of economic principles can also be seen in the fact that the financial system is organized in a cameralist manner: budgets are often politically negotiated. At least in the area of local government , the budgets in almost all federal states are currently being converted to commercial bookkeeping ( new communal financial management ).
A factor that is increasingly viewed as a problem today is the regulatory incentive system. Since everyone should have access to the public service and the services of the administration have no market, the administration uses auxiliary variables ( assessments ). In these assessments it is not always clear which services are expected and to what extent good behavior is rewarded. In the absence of a performance definition, there are no performance-related incentives, particularly of a monetary nature. Instead, internal prestige is often measured in terms of the size of the authorities, departments or budgets. The civil service law reflects the requirements of the Basic Law on public employees. For those inexperienced in administrative matters, it is seen as a hindrance to administrative innovations or professional initiatives. Changes are on the way here due to the introduction of elements of modern personnel management in public administration. The new TVöD provides incentives for employees in the public sector , and these are also to be transferred to civil service law.
European administrative area
The European Union is not only striving for a legal community, for example with the concept of a common area of freedom, security and justice , but is also increasingly developing into an administrative community. In this context, the term of the European Administrative Space ( Engl. European Administrative Space ) on the one hand the harmonization of national administrations by developing common standards in the administrative procedure in legal and management organization, on the other hand, an intertwining of national administrations with the EU administration and a bi - or multinational cooperation between national administrative areas, for example in geographical border regions. A further subject is the forms of EU self-administration towards Union citizens , a member state authority or a member state itself.
Initiated by the Maastricht Treaty and the latest EU expansion to the east , the European administrative area is currently characterized less by a common policy than by intensive scientific research into individual developments and the attempt to systematize and control them.
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