Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Vol 53, No 1-2 (2009)

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Resilience Theory as a Framework in Understanding Politico-Administrative Synergy

Pamela G. Oppus

Abstract


As a key agent of stability, order and sustainability, the bureaucracy in periods of political transition (usually caused by electoral activities) is challenged in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, responsiveness and continuity of public services and development programs. The bureaucracy is a safety net for change that threads one political term to another. Understanding the bureaucracy using “resilience” theory reconstructs public administration terms such as inefficiency, slavery to politics, partiality to leadership personalities, management failure of sustainability strategies, that oftentimes undermine the role, capacity and strength of the bureaucracy. Resiliency is the capacity for, or the outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstance