what is the different between a civil servant and a bureaucrat
Sep 28, 2019 5:02 PM
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I think there will be a lot of regional variation. Here "civil servant" isn't used that often but I think of it as any non-elected government or government-like employees except for the police and the military. It's not restricted to administrative jobs, so could include jobs like mail carrier, social worker, inspector, nurses at a public hospital etc. That is, people who wouldn't be considered "bureaucrats". Bureaucrat refers to someone doing administrative work. It's a word not often used to described oneself, because it can have a negative connotation (someone who is interested in paperwork and out of touch with the people).
September 29, 2019
I agree with Nico. I can’t think of an example of general administrative use of the word bureaucrat that he’s thinking of though. I’ll also add that a bureaucrat implies some amount of authority to make decisions. Civil servant is more general in that way in that it could be someone doing entry level government work or it could be someone in a high office.
September 28, 2019
Thank you Nico
September 28, 2019
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