oa Africa Insight - Inertia in African public administration: An examination of some causes and remedies

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



All over the world, governments have extended the scope of their activities beyond the traditional tasks of defence, maintenance of law and order and the collection of taxes. Robson has remarked: The increased functions of the state are one of the most commonplace facts of modern political history. Every text-book on government emphasizes the vast growth in the duties and responsibilities of public authorities today compared with a century ago. Upon attaining independence, many new African states realized that political independence, though laudable, was not sufficient in itself to promote their economic and social development. So it is that, to enhance their welfare objectives, many governments in these new states have created environments fully conducive to the general social and economic well-being of their citizens. Educational institutions and hospitals have been established.

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