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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

The Anti-Bureaucrats: Contemporary Managerial Discourse and Charismatic Authority
The anti-bureaucrats: Contemporary managerial discourse and charismatic authority

I beg each and every one of you to develop a passionate and public hatred of bureaucracy.

Tom Peters

We hope the vision we have laid out will … empower you to re-invent your government.

David Osborne and Ted Gaebler

He who yearns for visions should go to the cinema.

Max Weber

Over recent years a particular story about the conduct of organizational life has begun to achieve a somewhat axiomatic status within the fields of organization and management studies, broadly defined. There are many versions of this story and many different storytellers, but they nonetheless appear to work together to constitute a specific discursive formation.

Within this story a chain of equivalences emerges in which the ...

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