Politicians and Bureaucrats: Far from Black and White

Saksham Khosla and I have a new op-ed in the Hindustan Times. The piece extracts lessons from our recent Carnegie paper on India’s elite civil service cadre, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Here is the gist:

Over the years, widespread political meddling has fueled the notion that malicious politicians stand in the way of honest, hardworking bureaucrats who seek to implement key government policies. A nascent scholarly literature, combining data on the career records of IAS officers with granular information on development outcomes and electoral dynamics, does not dispel this notion. But it finds that the relationship between politicians and the bureaucracy is far more complicated.

You can read the full piece here.