The truth about decentralization

… for the intended political role of the centrally created system of field administration is the service of their goals. The obverse of this statement is that the citizens and groups who have goals different from those held by the central rulers will wish to weaken or to seize control of all or parts of the field system. They will attempt to win away the loyalties of field agents, to erect competing power structures in certain areas, or to neutralize the field service through laws reducing the discretion of government of the day over recruitment, promotion, transfer, and removal of field personnel

Said Jim Fesler in 1962.