Bureaucratic Politics Law and Legal Definition

Bureaucratic politics refers to theories or explanations of why particular public policy decisions got made the way they did that stress the motivation by the relevant officials in the government bureaucracy to protect or promote their own agency’s special interests as a major motivating factor in shaping the timing and the content of government decisions.

Bureaucratic politics occurs when bureaucrats, who are non-elected government officials, enter the political arena and try to influence or shape the policy-making process.