Understanding Bureaucracy

Despite the widespread acknowledgement of India’s weak state capacity and lack of accountability for service delivery outcomes research on understanding the organizational dynamics of the local bureaucracy and its ability to implement is relatively thin. This is little significant scholarship on the nature of the local bureaucracy as an organization – the institutional design, internal culture, decision-making systems - and how these shape and respond to shifts in the socio-political contexts within which the state is embedded. We know very little about how the local bureaucracy interprets its role within the bureaucratic hierarchy and how this interpretation influences the articulation and implementation of reform choices. AI's research on understanding bureaucracy is aimed a bridging this gap.