Bureaucracies are powerful institutions in all political systems. Public officials cannot be thought of as merely the neutral implementers of the political decisions of others. In the Third World, the bureaucracy has come to be regarded in some circumstances as the most powerful political institution. We have already touched upon ways in which the bureaucracy is so regarded. Theories of the post-colonial state have employed the concept of a bureaucratic oligarchy, clearly implying that government is in the hands of the paid officials of the state.
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- Bureaucracy and Political Power
B. C. Smith
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