Overloading of Administrative Systems

Overloading of administrative systems is a form of non-violent action or protest. It’s most essential form, administrative overload refers to a disorganization between the resources to commit effectively mobilized by government and the demands being placed upon it. This failure to meet up with the demand from the public and political system to supply administrative solutions, for the social, technological or economic state of affairs creates an overload. This is metaphorically similar to when a computer network crashes and must dump important data, but is unable to resolve the original problem causing the crash.

Social Overload

This refers to an administrative overload, that is in direct relation to the civil, political and public unrest in nation. At this point, the government is forced to reform public policies and programs. If this does not occur, the civil unrest can grow from non-violent actions into conflict and even civil war. Fortunately most social overload is in sync, which he political and public actions that formulate administrative changes. Social overload is characterized by direct public interaction.

Technological Overload

This refers to an administrative overload, that is in direct relation to access or industrial infrastructure within nation. Either the general public is limited in their direct access to technology, but usually is the reverse. The opposing version of this, generally has the public sector in more or less control of the available new technologies. Their development and advancement in the hands of the non-governmental agents, becomes an increasingly difficult thing for the government to control. Technological overload is characterized by covert interactions by groups and individuals.

Economic Overload

This refers to an administrative overload, that is in direct relation to do distribution of wealth within the population and employment nationwide. Economic unrest, policy failures and political divisions generally exists preceding the first actions, they constitute the overload. Protests, rallies and large public gatherings, in conjunction with the media have become the hallmark of economic problems in the federal government. The unequal distribution of wealth and availability of economic independence for individuals, leads to dramatic social changes. Economic overload is characterized by mass communications and sometimes propaganda.

The potential outcome of overloading administrative systems depends upon the actions of all involved. If support systems are not mobilized to meet the needs of the citizens and society, the government use violent tactics. The tendency for social behavior be dynamically anti-establishment, can leave to complete governmental failure.

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