Power Dynamics in Government Agencies: Insight and Strategies

Power Dynamics in Government Agencies: Insight and Strategies

Political families and godfathers are part of the mechanism for consolidation of power is another problem in government departments.
Power Dynamics in Government Agencies: Insight and Strategies



13 May 2024

Power integrity of all government institutions is very vital so for the way decision making is done, resources are distributed and culture of the office is perceived. It is absolutely necessary to adequately solidify these ways of thinking so as giving leaders and citizens the ability to monitor and even account the public offices.

Governance is the element in which power comes into play through at the very heart of which lies the hierarchical structure in which the top officials exercise most of the power. Using an authoritarian approach, the authority from the top, usually, leads to a widespread centralization of decision-making that is usually in the hands of a few high-ranking officials who have a lot of influence over policy matters. While on the one hand it may lead to the split between management and field staff and this can in turn, affect the efficiency of the organization and responsiveness, on the other hand it may strengthen teamwork and through it, the implementation of the organizational objectives becomes efficient.

The dynamics of power in the agencies of government are also determined by informal networks and relationships besides an established structure that might lead to relationships that are hard to trace. The networks are often pedestrian, alliances and tied one to another and give only the possibility of access to a data, a resource and a career opportunity in an organization. Although informal networks can enhance the flow of knowledge and cooperation a lot, they can also worsen the situation by discrimination and favouritism. Such prejudices and unfair treatment often happen where formal processes and transparent goals are not followed.

Moreover, that political families and godfathers are part of the mechanism for consolidation of power is another problem in government departments. The connection with political elite can help the people accord preferential encouragement in various appointments, appointments, and resources allocations. This violates the meritocracy rules and clears the way for distrust towards governmental organizations. In order to solve these problems, you have to ensure their proper supervision and accountability, as well as the preservation of their processes from the political influence. There should also be the commitment to the constant training of civil servants by principles such as honesty, professionalism, impersonality, and service loyalty.

The transparency is an essential element in terms of maintaining the necessary political balance within a given government. Through encouraging the ongoing of transparency and accountability agencies are able to improve the character of public trust and belief. It encompasses making the decision-making procedures simpler and easily, and having more visible resource allocation and performance results. Additionally, consultations with key stakeholders are conducted to help evaluate national policy initiatives and their effectiveness.

Yet another key factor of staff development in the government agencies is to allow revealing their full potential at work. Through the purpose of making decision making at all times and giving employees governance processes, agencies can get to know the emotions and experience of their workers and as a result be able to make decisions with a better knowledge. Furthermore, investing in training and different capacity-building projects can promote staff members' skills and will, which will certainly lead to their more effective contribution to firm's corporate goals.

Consequently, gaining and using the power in such organizations should be properly analysed when considering the transparency, responsibility and good governance. However, conscious of such power dynamics within the organisation, the public institutions should then devise strategies to engender fairness and inclusion among citizens and stakeholders, which will ultimately foster trust and confidence. As given the duty to keep public confidence in their undertakings, government agencies ought to insist on the tenets of the transparency, accountability and good integrity in their actions as this leads the public interest and promotes socio-economic wellbeing.

The views expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of Dialogue Pakistan.



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