In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber - Organization - Ethics

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SAGE, Jun 14, 2000 - Business & Economics - 176 pages
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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Contents

Bureaucratic Morality
1
Part I The Religious and Romantic Origins of Bureau Critique
14
Modernity Identity Ethics
35
Contemporary Managerial Discourse and Charismatic Authority
61
Part II Entrepreneurial Governance and the Bureaucratic Ethos
81
Some Ethicopolitical Consequences of Reinventing Government
96
Bureaucrats and Politicians
114
Conclusion The Ethos of Office and State Interest
136
References
148
Index
155
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Paul du Gay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University

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