Over-development of bureaucracy in ex-colonial countries


At the time of independence most ex-colonial countries have well-developed governmental institutions and a strong civil service; this facilitates the transition to self-government. But the continued professionalization and expansion of the civil service tends to outpace the growth of executive, legislative and judicial organs of government, and of parallel development of interest groups in the private sector. It also favours an apparent carry-over from the colonial period of attitudes of superiority and disdain toward the public, and a preoccupation with law-and-order considerations rather than with programmes of economic development and social welfare. Under conditions of economic scarcity, government posts are much sought after at the expense of the development of the private sector.

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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST