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.
Chapter 5: Political Power and the Centrality of Administration: The Politico-Logic of Field Administration
Political Power and the Centrality of Administration: The Politico-Logic of Field Administration
I propose an approach to the relationship of “bureaucrats” and “politicians” in “modern systems of governance” somewhat different than that which my colleagues appear to adopt. My purpose is to revisit the subject of “politics and administration” to make the case that administration is the necessary form of action without which political power does not exist, and within those terms to propose a basis for further thinking about field administration.
Before I proceed with the substance, I should say something on method. This chapter reflects some work on which I have been struggling too long [Page 126]but that is perhaps near its ...