The Values of Bureaucracy

Paperback | July 13, 2005

EditorPaul Du Gay

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The end of bureaucracy has been anticipated many times throughout the history of management science, as well as in modern social and political theory. This book sets out to show why bureaucracy persists and what values it embodies and upholds. Thus the book seeks to show how and whybureaucratic forms of organization have played, and continue to play, a vital and productive role in ordering our political, social, economic, and cultural existence. The book also describes and analyzes the impact of contemporary programmes of organizational reform in the public and private sectors on bureaucratic structures, and seeks to highlight some of the costs of attempts to de-bureaucratize organizational life in business, government, and the thirdsector. Overall the volume highlights the values of bureaucracy and at the same time indicates why distinctively bureaucratic forms of organization should continue to be valued.

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The end of bureaucracy has been anticipated many times throughout the history of management science, as well as in modern social and political theory. This book sets out to show why bureaucracy persists and what values it embodies and upholds. Thus the book seeks to show how and whybureaucratic forms of organization have played, and co...

Paul du Gay is Professor of Sociology and Organization Studies, and Co-Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His research is located in the sociology of organizational life and cultural studies. His recent publications include, In Praise of Bureaucr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:July 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275467

ISBN - 13:9780199275465

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Section 1: The Politics of Bureaucracy1. Charles T. Goodsell: The Bureau as Unit of Governance2. Paul du Gay: Bureaucracy and Liberty: State, Authority, and Freedom3. Thomas Armbruster: Bureaucracy and the Controversy Between Liberal Interventionism and Non-InterventionismSection 2: The End of Bureaucracy?4. Paul Thompson and Mats Alvesson: Bureaucracy at Work: Misunderstandings and Mixed Blessings5. Michael Reed: Beyond the Iron Cage? Bureaucracy and Democracy in the Knowledge Economy and Society6. Graeme Salaman: Bureaucracy and Beyond: Managers and Leaders in the 'Post-Bureaucratic' OrganizationSection 3: Bureaucracy and Public Management7. Paul Hoggett: A Service to the Public: The Containment of Ethical and Moral Conflicts by Public Bureaucracies8. Janet Newman: Bending Bureaucracy: Leadership and Multi-Level Governance9. John Clarke: Performing for the Public: Doubt, Desire, and the Evaluation of Public Services10. Daniel Miller: What is Best 'Value'? Bureaurcarcy, Virtualism, and Local GovernanceSection 4: Bureaucracy and Civil Society11. Yvonne Due Billing: Gender Equality: A Bureaucratic Enterprise?12. Anonino Palumbo and Alan Scott: Bureaucracy, Open Access, and Social Pluralism: Returning the Common to the Goose13. Mike Savage: The Popularity of Bureaucracy: Involvement in Voluntary Associations