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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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For example, if bureaucratic extraction takes place in utility enhancing expenditures, growth may still be achievable if substantial resources are allocated to the productivity enhancing expenditures.
Slovakia came out with the lowest burden among the four countries featured in the research."It was pleasing to find that Slovakia recorded the lowest number of hours," said Vlachynskyacute, adding that the Czech Republic recorded a bureaucratic index of 233 hours, Lithuania 252 hours and the Ukraine 469 hours.
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Is a "ridiculous bureaucratic way" an alternative to voting in a democratic way for Mr Anderson, in which case I would like to do the latter.
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