Bureaucracy & Development
Concept– (Dealt in Development Dynamics &
Weberian Model: Bureaucracy i.e. legal national
Administrative system- an ideal type administrative system.
Organized mechanism involves — hierarchy, Impersonal written records, sphere of
According to Weberian : It is most national Administrative System. Being
rational, scientific etc. it is most efficient form of organisation. According
to Weberian, bureaucracy is a Vehicle for development.
Therefore in certain situation it might act as hindrance to
This Model challenged by many empirical theorists.
Like Monroe Berger,
Robert Pros thus.
Dell any etc.
Weberian Bureaucracy lacks empirical validity: Berger
in his study published in his book Bureaucracy & society in Egypt.
Egyptian Bureaucracy is not exactly what Weber has explained.
Riggs- Philippines, Thailand & India.
In his book prismatic society.
Though Administrative in context of there is structurally Weberian, functionally
Micheal Crozier in his book (Bureaucratic Phenomena)
Study taken in context of France.
Not necessary Weberian Bureaucracy structure is found in French Bureaucracy is
highly rule bound and displays certain feudal characters.
Ralph Braibanti: Pakistan Bureaucracy structurally resembles Weberian
Bureaucracy functionally authoritarian, sectionalist feudal.
All indicate now Weberian Bureaucracy lacks empiricaify.
PETER BLAU’S MODEL
Organic model of administrative ecological, adaptive model of
Highly critical of Weberian Bureaucracy.
He says, Weberian Bureaucracy is a static state model takes the environment for
Not appropriate, mechanistic, inward working, closed model.
Peter Balu’s model systemic model, organize model.
Constantly keep on changing.
Peter Blau : development from the perspective.
Administration which is changing in state of flux.
Situational theory says – Not necessarily in every circumstance the dynamic form
Warren Beamish organic Adaptive.
Alvin Toffler (adhocracy)
Baras & Stalker etc. (mechanistic & organic structure)
Mechanistic – in stable environment.
Organic – in turbulent environment.
Industrialization docile man – Weberian Bureaucracy model.
Post industrialization dynamic man- Organic Adaptive structure.
IT – Because of this different b/w different places & time is mitigated for this
bureaucracy is not suited.
Peter Blau’s says- Weberian Bureaucracy does not have any relevance. Organic,
Adaptive, echological model.
There are number of areas or activity that needs stability.
Weberian Bureaucracy mechanistic model should also be considered. For
development to happen both Weberian Bureaucracy as well as the dynamic model
both required. Weberian Bureaucracy is not necessarily suitable but also not
necessarily completely outdated.
Development Administrative Model
Nature of administrative that should be there meant for the
consumption of developing country.
Development B. should be action oriented decentralized, participative, flexible
etc. Change oriented instead of status quoits in nature.
Loyal to disprivileged, constitution rather than being loyal to entrenched
interests. Administrative started function : Committee of developing countries
Bulk of countries individual late 40, 50. Process of change started in 1950s.
Outwardly concept was White Man’s Burden. High moral ground. Actual reason-
contain communities. Practice – rule bound, rigid mechanistic bureaucracy.
Bureaucracy rule oriented, rigid, centralized non-participate is not suitable
for change thus not suitable for development.
Action oriented, flex, democracy, participative decentralized. Suitable for
change thus for development.
Therefore Weberian Bureaucracy obstructs development.
None of these model completely do explain the phenomena of Bureaucracy as being
vehicle of development. Most of appropriate is situational model.
PAI PANANDHIKAR & KSHIRSAGAR
Undertook study in context of Indian Administration. They
found that in context of Indian Administration.
When HQ. (Secretariat) has been based on W.B. has worked well. When Field has
been based on P. Bank’s model it has worked well.
Bureaucracy of Administrative system can act a development bureaucracy only when
it is appropriately linked to the development.
Whether Indian Bureaucracy has acted as vehicle of
development or as obstruction to development.
Right from the beginning we have tried to bring about a development Bureaucracy.
After Independence character of state changed.
Earlier- Police state coercive state.
Post 1947- Nature of state changed (Service Oriented State) advanced character
of welfare state.
The initiative the discriminatory approach for dis-privileged, marginalized.
State wanted to bring about end to multiple disability, poverty, low
productivity, low physical infrastructure malnutrition etc.
Bring into condition of development.
Followed strategy of modernization. Industrialization, Urbanization with due
emphasis on enhancing agricultural productivity.
State Led Bureaucratic Strategy based on mixed economy, centralized, planning,
five year plans.
Number of initiatives taken,
Community Development Projects.
Area Based Approach
Target Based Approach
Poverty Alleviation Programme
Integrated Rural Development Approach.
PSUs were required to attain commanding height of
economic with due support from that of the Private Sector.
State Led Bureaucratic Approach:
Huge category of Bureaucracy & Administrative but in place
known as Development Bureaucracy.
Physically linked to development north of State:
Put in charge of bring about end to disabilities and bring about faster changes
on account of developmental indicators.
Study of Pai Panandhikar:
Kuldeep Mathur etc.
Bureaucracy to be vehicle of development.
Required to be disciplined, (Weberian character)
Weberian Characteristics honestly categrity, scientific, rule obeying rational.
Non-Weberian characterist: Bureaucracy should be dynamic democratic,
participative, flexible, action oriented, goal- oriented, decentralized.
Character which has been obstructing in development.
Indian Bureaucracy being Bureaucratic in nature is anti developmental. Elitism,
Babuism, status quoism. The addresses one aspect. Which undermine the capacity
as being vehicle of development.
Widespread corruption, selective application of Law. Question on integrity.
These are also hindrances in development.
Relating to members of IAS.
They hold key to Indian Administration.
To analyze development characteristic of this service.
Finds two disabilities:
Elitist character of IAS, resulting into huge distancing
b/w people & the officer.
This has weakened the capacity of IAS to involve people in process of
Huge operational autonomy in the absence of mature
political surveillance and adequate checks and balances. This has resulted
into rampant corruption whimsical action, authoritarianism.
Another study by PANANDHIKAR relating to personnel system in
This system is highly mechanistic orthodox in nature.
Lacks in physical strength to bring about faster changes.
Relating to BDOs of U.P. and Rajasthan.
Came up in light of Poor Developmental performance of development bureaucracy.
– Indian Bureaucracy is rule on. Less respect for law, Cent. Non-part rigid high
instance of corruption.
Not suitable for I.B. to act a vehicle of development.
Provided image as an obstruction.
1980, onwards critical change.
Introduction of I.T.
Strengthening of Public Grievance Redressal System.
Setting up of cont. Local Participative bodies.
Deliberate attempts to expand the frontiers of C.
Introduction of competition environment Towards approach
of governance and NPM.
Making Indian Bureaucracy move towards being democratic
decentralized, flexible, action oriental Administration System.
Make Indian Bureaucracy balanced, democratic, representative and participative
This it infuse in character of being a developmental bureaucracy.
Provided nomination model of development Bureaucracy.
Kola of Development Bureaucracy
Goal of Development Bureaucracy
Requirements of Development Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy should be progressive, innovative and change
oriented rather than being status quoist.
Development Administration should have as its goal the
constitutional ideals, humanitarian ethos, internationalism, social ethos.
Should pursue this with missionary or reformist approach.
Referred that Development Bureaucracy (conceptual skill)
right mental skill, human skill, technical skill & social skill.
Ability to think in lateral thinking.
Social — to act as a group member.
Human — Education Health.
Technical — Technical knowledge, expertise.
Type of behavioral requirements.
Development Bureaucracy sensitive, responsive, client oriented, friendly.
Development Bureaucracy instead of being models on W.B. model it should be
dynamic or organismic.
Irrespective of the Indian Bureaucracy
Irrespective features, lacunae’s need to be rectified, it also has lot to
its credit. Contribution to Development.
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