Parkinson's Law, and Other Studies in Administration

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Buccaneer Books, 1957 - Fiction - 112 pages
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To the very young, schoolteachers, and those who compile textbooks about constitutional history, politics and current affirs, the world is a more or less rational place. To those, on the other hand, with any experience of affairs, these assumptions are merely ludicrous. It is salutary, therefore, if an occasional warning is uttered on this subject. Dismayed to realise what other people suppose to be the truth about civil servants or building plans, the author has tried to provide, for those interested, a glimpse of reality.

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This is a perfect blend of humour and management. Should have been widely-read, perhaps was, but this book is so old, even my copy dates back to 1965. I don't think it is in reprint any more. Which is kind of sad, for a book that explains how every cocktail party has a spiral in its midst. Read full review

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A quick and funny read, the source not only of Parkinson's law, but also bikeshedding, and a host of other political nonsense. Read full review

Contents

or The Rising Pyramid
2
The Will of the People
14
High Finance
24
Copyright

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About the author (1957)

Author C. Northcote Parkinson was born in the north of England on July 30, 1909. He was educated at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge and at King's College, London. His graduate thesis "War in the Eastern Seas, 1793-1815" won the 1935 Julian Corbett Prize in Naval History. He taught at numerous schools, colleges, and universities including the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; the University of Liverpool; the University of Malaya; Harvard University; the University of Illinois; and the Univeristy of California, Berkeley. He stopped teaching in 1960 to become an independent writer. He wrote over 60 books in his lifetime; many dealing with British politics and economics. His most famous work is Parkinson's Law, which is a collection of short essays explaining the inevitability of bureaucratic expansion because work increases to fill the time allotted for it. He also wrote the Richard Delancey series about a fictional naval officer from Guernsey during the Napoleonic era. He died on March 9, 1993 in Canterbury, Kent.

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