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The success or failure of empires, nation-states, and city-states often rests on the relationship between bureaucracy and politicians. In this provocative and timely volume, editor Ali Farazmand examines the myriad relationships between politicians and bureaucrats and how they affect modern governance. This book is organized around the major themes of professionalism, bureaucracy, governance, and the relationship between career bureaucrats/higher civil servants and political appointees/politicians under presidential and parliamentary systems. After introducing the basic elements of bureaucracies in Part I, the book discusses the relations between bureaucrats and politicians in presidential systems in Part II as well as in parliamentary systems in Part III. This original and up-to-date book will fill a gap in the literature on the relationship between bureaucrats and politicians in modern governance and public administration. It can be used as a primary or supplementary text at the undergraduate and graduate level for those interested in public administration, comparative public policy, political science, and government.

The State of the Current State
The state of the current state

The concluding chapter in this book is by Bert Rockman. His analysis is focused on the broadest aspects of modern governance: the state in general and the administrative state in particular, as well as the current controversial trend toward—and debate over—the shrinking government or state, public bureaucracy, and civil service professions around the globe, including the United States, with the implications for public administration. Rockman's analysis is comprehensive and strategic; it covers political, economic, social, and administrative aspects of modern governance around the world. But he also discusses significant micro issues concerning the management of the economy and administration as well as the public-private division of policy and administrative affairs. More specifically, Rockman tells ...

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