Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Evolution of Bureaucratic Administration in India. 3. Relationship between Political Administration and Bureaucracy in India. 4. The Role of Bureaucracy in Indian Development Administration. 5. Impact of Liberalisation, Privatisation, and Globalisation on Indian Administration. 6. Bureaucracy and Development Administration in Karnataka. 7. Blueprint for Reinvigorating Development Administration in Karnataka.
The present administrative structure of India has emerged from the British colonial system which was solely concerned with the maintenance of law and order and collection of revenue. After independence, the functions of government underwent a fundamental change. The responsibility of bringing about desired economic and political change in India has in greater part fallen on the bureaucracy, which was built up over the years by the British to suit their objectives. With the adoption of new goals and objectives, the functioning of bureaucracy also underwent changes. Formerly the bureaucracy in India had to function in the background of colonial rule, but it was now supposed to work in the framework of a democracy with the active involvement of the people for whose welfare the state existed. The fundamental question in the context of India was whether the administrative system developed and nurtured in a colonial setting could play an appropriate role in a free democratic state committed to a socialistic pattern of society and simultaneously respond to the exigencies of development.
Development administration is the process of carrying out development programmes and projects in the direction of nation building and socio-economic progress through an administrative organization. The primary objective of this study is to probe the origin and evolution of bureaucracy and the state of development in India in general and Karnataka in particular.
The book will not only be of great topical value to the students of public administration and political science, but will interest administrators and politicians as well.