Definition of paper-pushing in US English:

paper-pushing

noun & adjective

North American
informal
  • See paper-pusher

    • ‘Even on Earth Day organizing last year, I got really annoyed with all the paper-pushing.’
    • ‘This deal reeks of paper-pushing, the appearance that ‘we're doing something about our problems.’’
    • ‘First, note that it's not that the paper-pushing isn't worth 10-14 dollars an hour, it's that companies have the bargaining power and can get away with only paying 7 dollars an hour because of our anti-union laws.’