Annales de l’université d’Alger
Volume 11, Numéro 1, Pages 137-153

Assessment Of The Usefulness Of "administrative Reform" As A Solution To The Problem Of Inadequate Administrative Capacity In Developing Countries

Authors : Dif Allah Akila .


The importance of administration hardly needs emphasis. In the modern era, it is expected to he the prime mover of social and economic development. An effective bureaucracy and a zealous modernizing elite are essential pre-requisites for national integration, economic progress and political development. In developing countries, even though government machineries may well he by far the most effectively organized and best equipped institutions, the view is common that governments are faced with serious administrative inadequacies for the planning and execution of development programmes at national and regional levels. The inadequacies become the more significant when we remember that a large number of these societies are striving hard to achieve complex social goals and working under great pressure for their early realization. The purpose of this paper are two fields. In the first place, it is intended to explore the major reasons for the emergence of administrative reform in developing countries and its meaning. Secondly, and more importantly, an attempt will he made to assess the usefulness of administrative reform as a solution to the problem of inadequate administrative capacity in developing countries. In doing so, we shall look, first of all, at the main features that are considered to he "typical" of administration in developing countries.


administration ;political development;developing countries;