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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It is planned that there will be a preparation process carried out until October, and in November the "zero bureaucracy" approach can be introduced.
Therefore he set out to undertake major reforms in the civil bureaucracy of the country.
He maintained that the government drafts policies; however 'it is the bureaucracy's responsibility to implement those policies."
The NAB chairman further said, It is the bureaucracy's job to make policies in the interest of the country.
The Imran government set up Ishrat Hussain commission to propose reforms in structures of civil bureaucracy. One can pin hope on his brilliance and experience but one may also fear that outside pressures would work on him especially from the bureaucracy.
Bokhari said legislators are greatly concerned over the negligence on the part of the bureaucracy. She said that her motion should be taken up in the Punjab Assembly and then referred to the relevant committee so that the process of complying with the resolutions starts.
It is no surprise that Mr Khan had to adjust his pre-power position to show that he is here to protect the bureaucracy from undue pressure.
'Bureaucracy will be depoliticised and insulated from all kinds of political pressures,' he said.
'The bureaucracy was considered to be amongst the best in the region in 1970s but today it needs reforms,' he lamented
Bureaucracy gets a bad rap, especially among innovators.
Synopsis: "Teamster Bureaucracy" by American Trotskyist and a leader of the communist movement in America, a trade unionist, a politician, and an historian Farrell Dobs (July 25, 1907 October 31, 1983) is the story of how the class-struggle Teamsters leadership in the Upper Midwest organized to fight union busting, racism, and colonial oppression, as they opposed the mobilization of labor behind U.S.
Bureaucracy is growing in all European countries, usually connected with public funds, central and local administration, expenditures, administrative procedures and high level of hierarchy in the public sector (Ionescu, 2012a) and is facilitated by the mentality, the transition from an old system to the new procedures and the lack of qualified personnel in public sector accounting.