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Open University Press, 1996 - Bureaucracy - 120 pages
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Comments on the first edition:

"... a clear and compelling analysis of one of the most pervasive, and also poorly-understood, features of contemporary society"
Teaching Philosophy

"For any student the book is perfect because it both introduces the reader to the principal theories, and illustrates the impossibility of a neutral, unengaged, or purely technical understanding of the subject"
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"In this useful introductory book, Beetham distills important themes from the massive literatures on bureaucracy and presents them in a clear, crisp, intelligent way"

* What is bureaucracy?
* Are people right to see it as synonymous with red-tape, feather-bedding and inefficiency?
* Can it be controlled by politicians, or made more responsive to citizens? Is it only confined to the public sector, or is it pervasive throughout all modern organizations?

These are only some of the questions addressed in David Beetham's concise and wide-ranging study. This second edition provides a clear guide through the disciplines of economics, sociology and political science, and through competing social theories, including structural, cultural and rational choice approaches. It also offers its own synthesis which goes beyond them.

The second edition has been revised and updated in the light of recent academic and political developments. For anyone who wants a lucid introduction to the meaning and significance of bureaucracy, and its relation to democracy, this book is essential reading.

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Models of Bureaucracy
Theories of Bureaucratic Power
Bureaucracy and Democratic Theory

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About the author (1996)

David Beetham is Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds specializing in issues of social and political theory. His recent publications include The Legitimation of Power, Defining and Measuring Democracy (ed.), Politics and Human Rights (ed.), and, with Kevin Boyle, Introducing Democracy.

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