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What are the consequences of ‘politicization of bureaucracy’? Discuss.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

7. What are the consequences of ‘politicization of bureaucracy’? Discuss. (250 words )


Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of politicization of bureaucracy’.

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Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


Start with what you understand by politicization of bureaucracy’.


Cooperation between elected representatives and bureaucrats is essential for democratic governance of the country. However, due to ‘politicization of bureaucracy’, there is a deterioration in the functioning of the civil services.

Politicisation of bureaucracy is not a new phenomenon in democracy. However, the intensity of application and reasons for politicisation vary from country to country. There are some levels of political involvement in personnel matters in all countries. Politicisation of bureaucracy in a descriptive sense refers to the right of governments to appoint their own people to senior public service positions, and pejorative politicisation on the other hand refers to the substitution of political criteria for merit based criteria.

Give examples to substantiate.


Conclude with way forward.