Rationalizing the Bureaucracy

S. K. Das

in Public Office, Private Interest

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195653823
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081561 | DOI:
Rationalizing the Bureaucracy

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This chapter looks at the conditions leading to the rationalization of public bureaucracy in India and examines the nature of the civil service system that this rationalization put in place. It discusses administrative and legislative measures implemented by the East India Company to control corruption after the 1770 famine in Bengal and Bihar which was believed to have been caused by two of its civil servants, Sir Francis Sykes and Richard Becher. These include the Regulating Act of 1773, the India Act of 1784, the Amending Act of 1786, and the Charter Act of 1793.The chapter argues that a move which initially started with restraining corrupt practices, and later, replacing patronage with merit, ended with a structure that looks remarkably similar to the Weberian definitional model of bureaucracy.

Keywords: rationalization of public bureaucracy; India; civil service system; East India Company; legislative measures; Sir Francis Sykes; Richard Becher; corrupt practices; patronage

Chapter.  6004 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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