Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Keith Snavely


The focus of this paper is the role of public administrators in public policy formulation in Nigeria. We will attempt to trace the shifts in bureaucratic policy-making roles and relationships which occurred in the First Republic period, under different military regimes, and immediately following the return to civilian rule in 1979. Although Nigerian administrators have always participated in the determination of public policy, the exercise has often fluctuated with the rising tide of political, structural, and legal changes at the federal, state and local levels. The prospect that more fundamental changes will be forthcoming in the nature and extent of administrative involvement in public policy formation and execution is then explored in the context of past and current social, political, and economic development.