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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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Citizens do not get timely response of their Information requests from the public offices due to reluctance of beaurocracy," He concluded while urging the Federal Government to legislate Right to Information laws on immediate basis.
Staffordshire Police is investing in new systems that they claim will eventually mean officers will no longer have to submit paper forms with details of overtime and expenses claims, cutting down on beaurocracy.
The intention is to reduce beaurocracy and administrative routine in visa processing.
Corruption in beaurocracy, that is the message and how a man, a common man who wants to go straight in his life, turns corrupt because of the corruption," he added.