Concept and Importance of Administrative Culture in Public Administration | Riggs on Administrative Culture of Developing Society

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Concept and Importance of Administrative Culture in Public Administration | Riggs on Administrative Culture of Developing Society

When we state "culture", it just suggests social standards, conviction, attitudes,values, recognition, elucidation and conduct of a person. Subsequently "Administrative culture" can be described as shared standards, values, attitudes, perceptions, dispositions,  and conduct of public administrators or government authorities. Administrative culture influence the connection among civil servants and other individual of society.


There are two primary approaches to deal with administrative culture. 

  1. Deontological approach 
  2. Teleological methodology 



It is noteworthy that these methodologies depend on some normal qualities, such as, basic rights, opportunity, productivity, responsibility, accountability, decency and so forth. 

Deontological approach: 


Deontological alludes to the investigation of obligation and moral commitments of people as well as association represented by them. Deontological approach in the investigation of Administrative culture causes researchers to focus on the morals and ethical quality of the administrator. 

Teleological Approach: 


This methodology fundamentally dissect the accomplishment of a decision (taken by administrator) in delivering an ideal impact. The teleological methodology likewise concerns the easygoing connection between the methods and wanted closures. As a way to deal with the investigation of administrative culture, teleological methodology holds that procedure and strategies in an organization should be dictated by extreme purpose or ends. 


The seed of the term "administrative culture" was planted in 1963 when Gabriel Almond and Sydney Verba published their way breaking work, "Civic culture" 


Administration is culture bound: 


Organization is formed by the setting or condition in which it works. It exhibits explicit features in different condition. 

Administrative culture is a perplexing  phenomenon:


It is difficult to distinguish the components that comprise administrative culture. It is even hard to state whether authoritative culture is something particular or it is just a subsystem of culture of a community. Nevertheless  it is understood that the executive and his standpoint or world view, his perception,political-regulatory condition, socio-social standards, thoughts of society and the reaction of the general public aides in understanding as well as deciding the administrative culture of any society. 

Administrative culture is a set of qualities and values which impact the conduct of the individual from an association. Briefly expressed, administrative culture alludes to an example of directions, such direction might be psychological and evaluative. 

Administrative  culture might be characterized as the aggregated depository of the images, symbols, values, demeanor, standards and so forth, that oversees and shape the administrative framework. 



Researchers have recognized 4 key factors of administrative culture: 


  1. The executive or administrator.
  2. His/her impression of the authoritative objectives 
  3. The administrative ecology and 
  4. The socio-cultural qualities and standards which offers significance to administrative activities and conduct. 



Segments of Administrative Culture: 


  1. The culture and way of life of the social classes from which administrators are enrolled is a noteworthy segment of administrative culture. 
  2. Furthermore, the association of executive with people in general and their political bosses additionally decides some different segments of administrative culture. 



Riggs On Administrative Culture Of Developing Society: 


Fred W. Riggs built up certain models to dissect administrative arrangement of developing societies/countries. As a matter of first importance, Riggs published a model in 1956, where he classify society into two sorts "Agraria" and "Industria". While agraria alludes to farming or agricultural society, industria alludes to modern industrial societies. Anyway this model was reprimanded for having numerous confinements. In this way, Riggs built up another model, which was known as " the fused - prismatic - diffracted model".

Buy- The Ecology of Public Administration by Riggs 


As indicated by Riggs, in a fused society a solitary structure does different functions. But on the other hand in a diffracted society separate structures are made to complete specific functions. 

As indicated by Riggs between this two society, there exists various societies, in which we can discover the features of both fused and diffracted society. These social orders or societies are called as " Prismatic society". 


A prismatic society  is portrayed by different financial and regulatory sub-frameworks. Riggs called these managerial sub-frameworks as " SALA MODEL", which have certain charecteristics of diffracted "bureau" and fused "chamber". 

In a prismatic society the arrangement of different regulatory position as well as execution of authoritative functions are profoundly impacted by family welfare, nepotism, biasness and so forth. Accordingly, in a prismatic society officials gives priority to individual advancement than social welfare and their attitudes are administered by parochialism.

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