paternalistic bureaucracy

Discussion in 'English Only' started by notyouraveragematteo, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. notyouraveragematteo Senior Member

    English, Japanese
    Does anybody know the meaning of 'paternalistic bureaucracy' in the following context:

    'The government was seen as standing above the interests of various classes and representign the national will. FOr instance, the dominant direction within the prominent social policy association favoured a paternalistic bureaucracy which was to maximise the welfare of the nation. '

    Thank you!
  2. Franzi Senior Member

    Astoria, NY
    (San Francisco) English
    The bureaucracy is acting like a father and doing what's best for the children (citizens) whether they like it or not.
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Or, to put it slightly differently, the government the citizens as children in some respects.

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