Bureaucracy (Political Science)

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  • A widely used concept in the social sciences. Broadly speaking, it can be best defined as a body of administrative officials and the procedures and tasks involved in a particular system of administration developed by modern societies.

    The sociologist Max Weber is generally recognized as having made the most original contribution to the study of how large organizations are driven by rational management. Weber believed that the bureaucratic organization, as found in modern societies, is technically superior to all other forms of organization. The features of a bureaucracy include elements such as rules, regulations, specific goals, and specific jurisdictional areas. Regular activities required for the purposes of a bureaucracy are distributed as official duties, authority to give commands required for discharge of these duties, and procedures ...

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