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Title: Bureaucratic Elitism in Bangladesh: The Predominance of Generalist Administrators
Contributor(s): Zafarullah, Habib Mohammad  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1080/02185370701511339
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Abstract: This article briefly examines bureaucratic elitism in Bangladesh, which basically inherited a transformed version of the British colonial administrative legacy. With its distinctiveness as a special social group, the bureaucracy maintains itself as a subsystem with pronounced autonomy. The Administrative Cadre of the civil service preserves the elitist tradition in supportive political conditions. It virtually shields itself from other functional groups and its members occupy key positions in the governmental structure and wield tremendous power and authority over policy making. Indoctrination and training is its own preserve and highly politicised groups within it regulate civil service recruitment and placements. Within the Administrative Cadre, elite integration is strong, while there is wide differentiation between this group and other cadres. Reform attempts failed to make inroads into changing bureaucratic behaviour mainly due to resistance from the elitist cadre, which remains the dominant instrument of the political executive.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Asian Journal of Political Science, 15(2), p. 161-173
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1750-7812
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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