Public Bureaucracy

Bureaucrats in their role as implementers of all political decisions and agenda setters have the ability to influence various decisions in their own interests. Therefore, the negative public perception about bureaucracies is a valid criticism and not a rhetoric as others may defend. Most of the theories including the organizational theory of bureaucratic politics represent bureaucrats as self-serving and self-interested individuals who push all the political decisions in the course that advance and protect their interests or the interests of their agencies in which they are employed in (Peters, 2001).

Examples of bureaucracies that have become widespread in the modern world include various programs administered by the bureaucrats and the execution of laws which are the increasing legacy of both the present and the past governing coalitions (Peters, 2001). Perhaps the most commonly suggested principle sources of bureaucracies are autonomy and resources. However, the bureaucratic power can either be diminished or enhanced by public support. With the heated criticism about bureaucracies, bureaucratic sources of power are likely to reduce significantly (Rabin, 2003).

Bureaucratic powers, both those originating externally or internally have had serious effect on the normal operation in the business environment. Bureaucracies can cause state agencies not to use the federal mandates in order expand to their own projects. These various bureaucracies can either originate from within (government) or the government may hire some expertise (experts) in other agencies who will be involved in taking up roles to interpret information that the government will use to make decisions (Rabin, 2003). In general, the public perception on bureaucracies or red tapes is no more a wrong criticism or rhetoric.

It is increasingly becoming important to understand the role of various actors in implementing decisions and setting out agenda. Most of these roles have always turned to be negative. However, stability and permanence are primary merits of bureaucracies such that it may be difficult to discharge any civil servant or have the same transferred. Reference Peters, B. G (2001). The politics of bureaucracy. London: Routledge. Rabin, J. (2003). Encyclopedia of public administration and public policy, Volume 1. New York: Marcel Dekker