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Title:Development Administration Revisited: Administrative Attitudes in Tanzania and Botswana
Author:Picard, Louis A.
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Subjects:rural development
public administration
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Abstract:This article re-examines the concept of development administration and the criticism which has been made of it in an effort to understand why administrators have so strongly resisted attempts to change their role in the direction of innovation and change. The focus here is on the role of the field-level administrative officer in the promotion and implementation of rural development programmes. The approach used is comparative; interview data from district administrations in Tanzania and Botswana are presented in an attempt to measure administrative commitment to rural development in each of the two societies. The major premise is that administrative attitudes towards development are a major intervening variable, and potential blockage point, in successfully communicating a development strategy from the centre to the local level. Notes, tab.