Challenges for the Future

S.R. Maheshwari

in Public Administration in India

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195683769
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080373 | DOI:
Challenges for the Future

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This chapter examines the problems, criticisms, and challenges for the future of civil service in India. It highlights the need for India to shift away from the generalist administrator proposed by Thomas Babington Macaulay in 1853. It also mentions the observation that the higher civil service has abandoned the classical traits of neutrality, anonymity, and objectivity and became politicized. It analyses the politics-administration dichotomy and describes the three general types of civil servants in India.

Keywords: civil service; India; generalist administrator; Thomas Babington Macaulay; neutrality; anonymity; objectivity; politics-administration dichotomy

Chapter.  3041 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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