In recent decades the European political parties have undergone dramatic organizational changes. In this process, political parties have lost their grounding within society and have strengthened their role and position within the institutions of the state. One of the consequences of this development is that parties in contemporary democracies are more likely to have a greater need to appoint people to positions within public life than when they were organizations of mass integration. The party appointments are likely to become a crucial resource in anchoring the party presence within the political system. This workshop probes into this allegedly strengthened role of parties within the state by systematically examining the elite recruitment for non-elective offices of the state. It aims to shed light on the relationship between political parties and the constitution and reproduction of appointed administrative elites. We welcome both single-case studies and comparative analyses of recruitment patterns in established and developing European democracies. Papers may address, but are not limited to, any of the following questions: What is the professional, political, educational and social profile of those politically appointed to public offices? What mechanisms are used to select and appoint them for the public office? How do appointees relate to political parties or to individual politicians who put them in office? What explains potential differences in recruitment patterns?