In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

For Max Weber bureaucracy is a, if not the only, defining feature of modernity. It represents the pure ideal-type of legal-rational authority. Bureaucracy is organized on a hierarchical and rational basis. Individuals and departments are coordinated through explicit rules and procedures, records and files, functions ...

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