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The Politics-Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries

Dasandi, N; Esteve, M; (2017) The Politics-Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries. Public Administration and Development , 37 (4) pp. 231-245. 10.1002/pad.1793. Green open access

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The political–bureaucratic interface has been the subject of much academic interest. However, research has tended to focus exclusively on wealthy institutionalized democracies, with little attention given to the political–administrative relationship in developing countries. However, recent evidence from reform processes in poorer nations increasingly highlights the importance of interactions between politicians and bureaucrats. This paper provides a systematic overview of the political–bureaucratic relationship in developing countries and in doing so makes two key contributions. First, it introduces a typology of political–bureaucratic relations based on four models—collaborative, collusive, intrusive, and integrated—discussing examples of each. Second, it analyses the main factors associated with different models of political–bureaucratic relations and considers how countries can move from one model of relations to another. The paper provides a much-needed entry point for scholars and policymakers to better understanding the relationship between politicians and bureaucrats in developing countries. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: The Politics-Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pad.1793
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1793
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dasandi, N., and Esteve, M. (2017) The Politics–Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries. Public Admin. Dev., 37: 231–245. doi: 10.1002/pad.1793., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1793. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1535214
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