In this provocative new study, Paul du Gay makes a compelling case for the continuing importance of bureaucracy. Taking inspiration from the work of Max Weber, du Gay launches a staunch defence of `the bureaucratic ethos' and highlights its continuing relevance to the achievement of social order and good government in liberal democratic societies. Through a comprehensive engagement with both historical and contemporary critiques of bureaucracy and a careful examination of the policies of organizational change within the public services today, du Gay develops a major reappraisal of the so-called `traditional' ethic of office. In doing so he highlights the ways in which many of the key features of bureaucratic conduct that ca
Chapter 1: Alasdair MacIntyre and the Christian Genealogy of ‘Bureau Critique’
Alasdair MacIntyre and the Christian Genealogy of ‘Bureau Critique’
As ‘managerial’ values have spread ever wider, encompassing objects and domains previously considered beyond their reach, critical understandings of the meaning and function of management have undergone a significant transmutation too. In contrast to the rather shadowy role as functionaries of capital that managers were allocated in the cruder formulations of labour process theory, for example, all forms of contemporary organizational critique allocate a much more important role to the conduct of ‘managing’ than has generally been the case before. Agreement amongst practitioners of the critical enterprise may not always extend much beyond this but the influential role of ‘management’ in the reproduction and transformation of organizational life is ...