Conflict between bureaucracy and innovation in Nigerian public service

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Maduabum, C.P.
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IN NIGERIA, those charged with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the country had at several times enunciated policies, programmes and projects ostensibly in reaction to environmental pressures. The latest of such policies/programmes is the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). However, the Nigerian Government, just like any other government, implements its policies and programmes through the instrumentality of the Public Service. This government's organ has variously undergone several changes, arguably, to make it more responsive to the demands of a development-oriented society. The latest of such changes is the ."Civil Service Reforms" which is legally backed by Decree 43 (on the Re-organisation of the civil service) of 1988. Our search-light is, thus, ·being beamed on the Public Service which is Federal Government's Central Bureaucracy. Positive changes within a society or elsewhere normally come in the form of innovation. The vital question of interest to us is: How responsive is the Federal Governments Central Bureaucracy-the Public Service--to innovation? To answer this question, we attempt in this study to survey the literature on innovation and bureaucracy and the relationships between them. Variables derivable from such a survey are used to analyse the Nigerian situation; where lapses are identified, possible treatments are prescribed.
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Bureaucracy , Innovation , Public service , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Political science
Maduabum, C. P. (1990). Conflict between bureaucracy and innovation in Nigerian public service. Indian Journal of Public Administration, 36(2), 262-270.