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Bureaucracy in the twenty-first century

Meier, Kenneth J. and Hill, Gregory C. 2007. Bureaucracy in the twenty-first century. Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0004

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Abstract

Although numerous scholars claim the eminent demise of bureaucracy, this article argues that bureaucracy will not only survive in the twenty-first century but will flourish. The core of the argument is that the large-scale tasks that government must perform—national defense, a social welfare system, political monitoring of the economy, etc.—will remain key functions of governments in the twenty-first century and that bureaucracies, likely public but possibly private, will continue to be the most effective way to do these tasks. Bureaucracy has weathered other calls for its demise before; current efforts are likely to meet similar fates. After a brief discussion of definitions and the meaning of bureaucracy, the major sections of this article deal with six challenges to bureaucracy. Some of these challenges are intellectual; others are part of real-world ongoing reform efforts in a variety of countries.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 15:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/131513

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