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Bureaucracy in India: Evolution and History

S. K. Das

in Public Office, Private Interest

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195653823
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195653823.003.0003
Bureaucracy in India: Evolution and History

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This chapter examines the history and evolution of public bureaucracies in India. It focuses on four specific historical periods—the Maurya Empire, the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire, and the East India Company. It describes the structure and organization of public bureaucracy under each period and their methods of controlling public servants. It suggests that all periods exhibit patrimonial bureaucracy and that the rule of the East India Company was one of sheer plunder by its civil servants.

Keywords: evolution of public bureaucracies; Maurya Empire; Delhi Sultanate; East India Company; public servants; patrimonial bureaucracy

Chapter.  11145 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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