In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber - Organization - Ethics
In this provocative study, Paul du Gay makes a compelling case for the continuing importance of bureaucracy. Taking inspiration from the work of Max Weber, du Gay launches a staunch defence of `the bureaucratic ethos' and highlights its continuing relevance to the achievement of social order and good government in liberal democratic societies.
Through a comprehensive engagement with both historical and contemporary critiques of bureaucracy and a careful examination of the policies of organizational change within the public services today, du Gay develops a major reappraisal of the so-called `traditional' ethic of office. In doing so he highlights the ways in which many of the key features of bureaucratic conduct that came into existence a century ago still remain essential to the provision of responsible democratic government.
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Part I The Religious and Romantic Origins of Bureau Critique
Modernity Identity Ethics
Contemporary Managerial Discourse and Charismatic Authority
Part II Entrepreneurial Governance and the Bureaucratic Ethos
Some Ethicopolitical Consequences of Reinventing Government