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“With the help of relevant examples from Zambia, discuss the sustainability of the Politics-Administration Dichotomy ”



1.0 INTRODUCTION Concepts of ‘politics-administration dichotomy’ have been a part of emancipatory discourse and practices for the last decades. Advocates of these concepts have claimed that the responsibilities and accountabilities of the politicians (elected) and the bureaucrats (employees) must be separate in concept and practice. But the question still being asked is whether there can be sustainability of this separation of politics and administration.

This exercise/ assignment looks at convergences between approaches towards
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Given the importance of the relationship of politicians to staff to sound governance, it is not surprising that there is a long history of attempts to develop principles or models for approaching this issue. One idea that has such a long history and shown remarkable durability is that politics can and should be separated from administration. First introduced in 1887 by Woodrow Wilson (who later became President of the United States), the doctrine, despite repeated critiques from academics and practitioners such as Herbert Simon (1976), never seems to die.

The Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (2006) is the latest Canadian advocate for separating politics from administration. Its final report published in February of this year stated that The responsibilities and accountabilities of the public service should not, however, be the subject of partisan debate. Parliament has explicitly and unequivocally assigned broad powers for administration to the public service. Its intention in so doing is to ensure that the administration of government and of government programs is conducted in a non-partisan manner under laws, rules and regulations. According to John Graham (2006) two European scholars French and Folz, sum up the case against this
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