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 2: Bauman's Bureau: ‘Modernity’, Identity, Ethics
Bauman's Bureau: ‘Modernity’, Identity, Ethics
Towards the end of an otherwise very supportive review of MacIntyre's critique of ‘the Manager’, Iain Mangham (1995: 202) begins to worry about the Christian integrationism that pervades MacIntyre's discourse. While he believes that MacIntyre's criticisms of the modernist manager are pretty much correct, Mangham is nonetheless concerned that MacIntyre's search for universal principles of morality is both a philosophically fruitless endeavour and a potentially deleterious one. He indicates that attempts to found human conduct on universal principles and organic notions of social relations are destined to end in tears because they fail to acknowledge the heterogeneity of morality.
In contrast to MacIntyre's demand that a common notion of the good unite all areas of social life, ...