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Politicization of Bureaucracy

SAGE International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Bertrand Badie, et al. eds.), 2011

4 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2015  

Nicholas Almendares

Seton Hall Law School

Date Written: November 15, 2011

Abstract

This encyclopedia article distinguishes two distinct phenomena labeled politicization of the bureaucracy. Institutional politicization represents an attempt by political principals to control the agency, while behavioral politicization refers to agencies being responsive to politicians or the electorate. Although politicization is often criticized, it has various consequences, some of them positive. So, a generalized claim about the benefits and drawbacks about politicization of the bureaucracy cannot be made.

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Almendares, Nicholas, Politicization of Bureaucracy (November 15, 2011). SAGE International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Bertrand Badie, et al. eds.), 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2641351

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