The Politics-Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries

Niheer Dasandi, Marc Esteve

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The political-bureaucratic interface has been the subject of much academic interest. However, research has tended to focus exclusively on wealthy institutionalized democracies, with little attention given to the political-administrative relationship in developing countries. Evidence on reform processes in poorer nations increasingly points to the importance of interactions between politicians and bureaucrats. Drawing on this work, this paper provides a systematic overview of the political-bureaucratic relationship in developing countries. The paper makes two contributions. First, it introduces a typology of political-bureaucratic relations based on four models – collaborative, collusive, intrusive, and integrated – and discusses examples of each. Second, it analyses the main factors associated with different models of political-administrative relations, and considers how countries can move from one model of relations to another. The paper, therefore, provides a much needed entry point for scholars and development policymakers to better understanding the relationship between politicians and bureaucrats in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Administration and Development
Early online date9 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Mar 2017


  • Political-bureaucratic relations
  • Governance
  • administrative relations
  • Developing Countries


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