Red tape: dynamics of corruption

To fight corruption, we need a free media, an independent judiciary and an effective law enforcement, which help stem abuses by corruption and red tapism.

These redundant and unnecessary procedures lend credence to inefficient officials who take bribes for services that are supposed to be free.

Published on Daily Times | By Nasir Khan

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Red tapism refers to excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. These redundant and unnecessary procedures lend credence to inefficient officials who take bribes for services that are supposed to be free.

''Although bribery may speed up individual transactions with bureaucrats, both the sizes of bribes and the number of transactions may increase so as to produce an overall net loss in efficiency.''

Red tape may be frustrating, but it sometimes provides social benefits. Red tape does not spring up because of the malevolence or incompetence of bureaucrats or other officials but because of two compelling and interrelated reasons: to ensure that government processes are representative and accountable and to meet the demands, often fragmented, of citizens and interest groups.

In common usage, red tape has a strongly negative tenor and most laymen would, in all likelihood, be unable to make much sense of the notion of beneficial red tape. In popular parlance, red tape has come to be an umbrella term covering almost all imagined ills of bureaucracy.

Contrary to common misconception, money is not the only reason why red tapes exists. Certain other intangible reasons, such as jealousy, inefficiencies and unprofessionalism also contribute to it.

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