Control Systems

S. K. Das

in Public Office, Private Interest

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195653823
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081561 | DOI:
Control Systems

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This chapter examines the nature of control systems for the civil service in India. It discusses how the nature and style of public administration has not changed much since the colonial days and remains largely rule-based. It also discusses the statutory penalty rate and describes the work of the Central Vigilance Commission, the agency in-charge of dealing with corruption, and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the principal investigating agency of the Indian Government in anti-corruption matters. It also highlights how politicians in power can weaken the control systems by making public bureaucracy the instrument by which they extract rent and by layering in the public bureaucracy with loyalist civil servants.

Keywords: control systems; civil service; loyalist civil servants; public administration; rule-based administration; statutory penalty rate; Central Vigilance Commission; CBI; politicians; public bureaucracy

Chapter.  23327 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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