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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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Not another layer of bureacracy but a single figure - or triumvirate - to whom we can hand the job of enforcement.
Still, India has big problems with its unwieldy bureacracy, corruption, severe class inequality, huge medical and environmental problems, and the lack of trades people.
Top Barriers to Competitiveness [Percent of respondents indicating significant or extensive barrier] Labor cost 71% Work rules 66% Tax policy 66% Government bureacracy 65% Raw material prices 56% Availability of skilled labor 51% Labor policy 51% Source: Deloitte Research, based on the "Made in North America" Survey conducted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu member firms in Canada, Mexico and the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute.
removes another layer of the burdensome bureacracy involved in the planning of the LOCs cold war roots and toward processes that enable timely response and flexible partnership as we work to meet uncertain threats in the future.
It's not about headlines or being on national TV, it's about working with business professionals to get rid of bureacracy.
Having successfully negotiated the Roman bureacracy herself, she told Mother Katharine to "Go to Rome yourself" (as cited in Baldwin, 2000, p.
In the Reagan administration, the principals of Team B became, as it were, the A Team, scattered in mid-level positions throughout the bureacracy.
The stark truth is that because of bureacracy and gross inefficiency in the Health Service, some of these women will die uneccessarily.
The federal government has stepped in to ease financial aid bureacracy for students and schools alike, and some private lenders have helped, too.
One thing is sure, they can't keep having relegation dodged through bureacracy while those who have earned the right to progress are denied the vital step up.
AFS has been tasked with reducing the bureacracy associated with food assurance schemes, as recommended by the Policy Commission on the Future of Food and Farming.