Redynamising the African Civil Service for the Twenty-first Century: Prospects for a Non-bureaucratic Structure

  • M. Jide Balogun
  • Gelase Mutahaba
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Even with all the attention so far given to classical bureaucratic theory, its contribution to our knowledge of how societies organise themselves for the attainment of specific objectives still promises to remain a hotly debated theme up to the beginning of the next century and possibly beyond. The reasons for the continuing interest in the subject are clear. First, the bureaucracy is, for better or for worse, one dominant (if not the only) instrumentality for achieving socioeconomic ends. Secondly, and because of its dominant role, the many shortfalls in its performance have proven extremely costly and have triggered a frantic search for alternatives, particularly in the developing countries of Africa. Thirdly, previous attempts at identifying and controlling bureaucratic ‘dysfunctions’ have by and large proceeded on the assumption that the bureaucracy is an independent variable — one which influences and yet remains immune to the influence of other factors.


Public Service Civil Service Entrepreneurial Behaviour African Journal Structural Adjustment Programme 
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  • M. Jide Balogun
  • Gelase Mutahaba

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