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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  

Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy

This is a word and a concept rarely used with any other than a downward inflexion. The yellow press is forever blaming difficulties in hospitals on the money supposedly squandered on the bureaucracy instead of being spent on honest nurses and hardworking young doctors. Yet it is plain that all the matters of life and death, along with those of the ordinary administration of clean sheets, accurate doses of medicine, punctual delivery of meals on wheels, all the extraordinarily detailed and ceaseless business of a hospital turn on an efficient bureaucracy. The same is just as true of schools, police work, fire services, universities, benefits' offices, highways' agencies, rail and air traffic controls, and on and on, all the buzzing, unstoppable activity of what ...

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