paternalistic bureaucracy


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!
  • Franzi

    Senior Member
    (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.
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