Pacific Asian countries have a long tradition of sophisticated bureaucratic systems. The bureaucracy plays a great role in administering government, formulating public policy and managing the overall political system, to the extent that some countries in the region are referred to as bureaucratic states. Bureaucrats are those permanently employed to carry out government functions. Bureaucracy is the system in which bureaucrats are organized and bureaucratic functions are performed in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of public policy and regulations and the delivery of public services Bureaucrats are those permanently employed to carry out government functions, and the bureaucracy is the system in which the bureaucrats are organized and bureaucratic functions are performed. As we shall see in this chapter, what makes the problem of bureaucracy more challenging in Pacific Asia is not only those generic issues that affect bureaucracy in any country, but also the specific issues associated with the traditional structure, the challenge of industrialization and modernization and ongoing political development in Pacific Asian countries.
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- In the name of the state: bureaucracy and public service
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