…the nature of relationship between the political leadership and the bureaucracy is an important factor in determining the effectiveness of government programmes. As stakeholders in the development sector, our role in facilitating effective policy implementation is a critical one. It is not enough to work only with the bureaucrats, although the bureaucratic structure is the scaffolding on which governments stand. At the same time, advocating for our desired policies only with political leaders that we can influence is no guarantee not only of effective implementation, but more fundamentally, even of the promulgation of a sound policy
An extract from my last livemint post – highlighting the importance of studying the interactions between the political executive and the bureaucracy. This relationship is particularly important in the context of local governments, where the administrative power relations are often at conflict with the socio-economic ones.
*post available also on the WB PSD blog