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Administrative history

Administrative history is a historiographic field which looks at the history of state administrations and bureaucracies. Originally considered a sub-field of Administrative Sciences that was intended to improve contemporary governance, administrative history has become an increasingly separate field.[1] Administrative historians study the changes in administrative ideologies and administrative law while also looking at civil servants and the relationship between government and society.[2] It is related to political and constitutional history. The discipline is most common in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy.[3]


Academic journals which specialise in administrative history include:

  • Jahrbuch für europäische Verwaltungsgeschichte (JEV)[1]

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  1. ^ a b Raadschelders 1994, p. 117.
  2. ^ Raadschelders 1994, pp. 119-20.
  3. ^ Raadschelders 1994, p. 118.


  • Raadschelders, J.C.N. (1994). "Administrative History: Contents, Meaning and Usefulness". International Review of Administrative Sciences. 60: 117–29. doi:10.1177/002085239406000107.
  • Raadschelders, J.C.N. (1998). Handbook of Administrative History. London: Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56000-315-1.

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