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Autonomy Versus Integration
Autonomy Versus Integration

Public bureaucracies are embedded in a societal context, but the more specific nature of that embeddedness is a contested issue. One of the emerging patterns of administration has been to link it with networks of social actors, although this pattern was preceded by corporatist patterns of intermediation. In some administrative systems, however, there is a continuing separation of the public sector from society, and perhaps a hierarchical relationship with society. The embeddedness of the public bureaucracy is a complex issue, both in terms of whether it increases or decreases the regulatory efficiency of the bureaucracy and the quality of the services it delivers, as well as in terms of whether such embeddedness is desirable or should be avoided.

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