The Achilles’ heel of In­dian bu­reau­cracy

Bureaucracy Today - - SPECIAL REPORT -

● Woe­fully lit­tle is known about bu­reau­cratic ef­fi­ciency at the most se­nior lev­els of man­age­ment. This is ar­guably when pro­duc­tiv­ity mat­ters the most, be­cause se­nior civil ser­vants are in charge of State or Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to­wards the end of their ca­reers. ● Lit­tle is un­der­stood about the work­ings of State-level bu­reau­cra­cies, the vari­a­tion among them, and their im­pact on de­vel­op­ment and gov­er­nance. There has been lit­tle sys­tem­atic re­search into these is­sues, de­spite the fact that States are to­day the prime venues for po­lit­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion, eco­nomic pol­i­cy­mak­ing, and gov­er­nance writ large.

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