PoliticsPublic Policy

Representation of the bureaucracy

Why is it that bureaucracies tend to be represented by people of certain class, ethnic group or gender. For example, why are some parts of the bureaucracy dominated by males and some other parts of the bureaucracy by females? Why is it that top officers in a bureaucracy usually come from a certain school, occupied by people of a certain class, or dominated by a particular race? If bureaucracy is to create legitimacy to public policy and improve lives there is the need for us to address issue of bureaucratic representation. If we go with the idea that policies are most effective when there is greater participation and representation,there is then the need to understand state’s role in ensuring a representative bureaucracy? But, should the failure of having representative government rest solely on the state? Could there be other reasons? This article addresses such concerns. Read here for more details.

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