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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 ...

Transients and Careerists in Latin America
Transients and careerists in Latin America
Lawrence S.Graham

In the transitions literature and discussions related to democratic consolidation, a debate has emerged over the extent to which parliamentary systems are more conducive to the survival of democracy than presidential systems.1 Rarely, however, has this debate engaged questions of institutional design beyond giving attention to presidents and parliaments. This is not to say that these issues have not been raised at meetings on the topic, only that they have not made it into print in books subsequently published. The case in point is the Linz and Valenzuela volume. There the editors acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by Fred Riggs at the May 1989 Georgetown symposium by introducing consideration of the U.S. case ...

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