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Civil service law
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Civil service law is the legislative regulation of work relations in public service. It first emerged during the period of Enlightened Absolutism and took on its essential characteristics as part of the government reforms of post-revolutionary France and in European territory under Napoleon's control. The military-style centralization of the civil administration between 1800 and 1804 resulted in the creation of the modern civil service. Privately employed, part-time, temporary, and frequently aristocratic generalists were repl…

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Wunder, Bernd, “Civil service law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017431>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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