Saturday, January 19, 2019

I’ve added some new towns to my collection, what do my bureaucrats need there?

India, bureaucracy, Bihar, 2003. By Jan BanningVery little, Skippy. Civil servants are remarkably resourceful. You can get a good idea of just how resourceful from Jan Banning’s Bureacracy photographs:

a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents, selected on the basis of polical, historical and cultural considerations: Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, the United States, and Yemen. In each country, I visited up to hundreds of offices of members of the executive in different services and at different levels.

It’s a remarkable collection. Very useful. Don’t let your clerks tell you they need anything expensive to run their little part of the world!



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