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 4: Office as a Vocation? Entrepreneurial Governance and Bureaucracy Critique
Office as a Vocation? Entrepreneurial Governance and Bureaucracy Critique
Our governments are in deep trouble today. In government after government and public system after public system, reinvention is the only option left.
If administrative ethical standards are necessarily grounded in specific administrative systems – if they are, so to speak, two sides of the same coin – then it is impossible to change one without changing the other.
There is a heady delight to be derived from perversity and to make a case for the bureaucratic ethos in the public sector is, in today's political climate in the UK, as elsewhere, perverse. Fortunately, despite the speed, scope, scale and direction of recent changes there are ...