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Administrative reformschange the authority and the benefits of bureaucrats. Senior bureaucrats are usually driven by self-interests to participate in the reform process in order to retain and expand their own advantages. The administrative reform is, therefore, a kind politics of. This study shows how senior bureaucrats use strategies to manipulate the reform process to maximize their benefits. The case study in this study is the structural reform of the Ministry of Justice between 2002 and 2010. During the reform, the Ministry was significantly expanded and many senior bureaucrats were rewarded with a great deal of interests. In this study, in-depth interviews and documentary reviews are used as primary tools to gather information. It is found thatthe key factors that the underlying factors that senior bureaucrats needed in order to successfully manipulate the reform include; (1) suitable personal background and experience, and (2) a pro-reform climate. Moreover, successful senior bureaucrats employed the following strategies: (1) working closely with the key actors, (2) creating coalition and cooperation with other reform actors, (3) controlling the information and communication process, and (4) seeking support for the reform proposal. Additionally, senior bureaucrats can also act on behalf of the government in the legislative process.

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