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A system of administration wherein there is a specialization of functions, objective qualifications for office, action according to the adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority and delegated power.

Organizations such as the armed forces or administrative agencies are common examples of bureaucracies.


noun administration, agency, delegated authority, departmentalization, governance, government, government by bureaus, government office, governmental procedure, governmental system for decisionnaking, inflexible routine, management, ministration, official procedure, officialdom, officiation, organization, powers that be, process of governing, red tape, regulation, reins of govvrnment, rigid routine, rule, service, sovereignty, state manngement, strict procedure, system
See also: hierarchy, management

BUREAUCRACY. The abuse of official influence in the affairs of government; corruption. This word has lately been adopted to signify that those persons who are employed in bureaus abuse their authority by intrigue to promote their own benefit, or that of friends, rather than the public good. The word is derived from the French.

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The letter states that Sindh must be given representation in bureaucracy on the basis of population in accordance with the quota allocated in the constitution.
In addition to addressing staffing levels, the bank will also cut costs by simplifying the bureaucracy and reducing costs from travel and facilities, he said.
Speaking at the International Ombudsman Symposium held by Chief Ombudsman's Office in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdoy-an said, "If the bureaucracy does not prepare itself for new circumstances, if society becomes more democratic yet the bureaucracy remains committed to old traditions, there will certainly be problems in its functioning.
Another area begging reform is the Performance Evaluation System of the civilian bureaucracy.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in a case pertaining to the postings and appointments against code in bureaucracy.
Of course lots of other jobs will be created - 20,000 is mentioned but how many of these will NOT be jobs in the monster itself - in this formation of one group for the whole of what bureaucracy chooses to call West Yorkshire.
Business School, England) present eight papers that explore the phenomena of bureaucracy and hierarchy from the disciplinary perspective of organization studies.
In short, the Soviet experiment shows that proliferating bureaucracy results in alienating people, and that alienation ruins the nation.
Summary: Prime Minister David Cameron says that bureaucracy should not get in the way of celebrations when Prince William and Kate Middleton marry.
YOUR correspondent (Letters, November 19) is quite right in criticising the clumsily named Betsi Cadwalader University Health Trust with its "Leviathan" bureaucracy - so much wasted ink when all that was needed was to describe it as The North Wales Health Trust.
He insisted councils were pleased to be rid of the bureaucracy and paperwork, after he scrapped a nationwide building scheme called Building Schools for the Future Scheme.
London, June 4 (ANI): A survey carried out by a Hong Kong-based risk consultancy firm has found the bureaucracy in India to be the most "stifling in the world".