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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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That is because our heavy reliance on third-party payments leads to bureaucratization of healthcare--the reams of paperwork, the labyrinthine insurance guidelines, the hurdles one must overcome in order to see the provider and receive the care one wants.
When professionalism is eroded by bureaucratization, the accomplishment of that mission has a tendency to take second place to the care and feeding of the organization and its individual members.
This version embodied the skills of loyalty, teamwork, conformity, and self-sacrifice--all skills necessary to the increasing bureaucratization of work.
In an essay for Commentary called "The New Despotism," he condemned the bureaucratization of American life and its whittling away of individual freedom.
The bureaucratization of universities, the drying up of scientific resources and the loss of independent thinking.
The basic fundamental restriction from the side of powerful structures is their system exposure to processes of formalization, bureaucratization and informal economization of management decision connected with it, to institutional revenue assumption.
What is not clear so far, however, is whether this movement will be able to reach the stage of formalization or bureaucratization, which would need higher levels of organization and coalition-based strategies.
In a recent blog, product designer Chrys Bader argues that Facebook's "nature as a social network demands that it be looked at as a social movement with four distinct phases: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization and Decline.
Consider Carsten Holler's recent exhibition at the New Museum in New York, which presented participatory work as a kind of fairground attraction; it was at once too Disney (herds of people and high prices lent a corporate feel to the endeavor) and not Disney enough (clobbering visitors with intrusive release forms and tedious queues, the New Museum lacked the sophisticated techniques with which amusement empires sugarcoat their bureaucratization of fun).
His analysis emphasizes the organizational role of the cumulative bureaucratization of coercion as well as centrifugal ideologization in which nationalist macro-ideologies were able to envelop microcosms of family, kin, residential, and friendship networks that characterized pre-modern social organizations and group attachments.
I am concerned with the bureaucratization of the European Union and I fear that this will be proves as untenable, that the pressure of the government that comes from Brussels and the capitals of the members will be shown as simply too strong," Professor Walker said.
He was a kind of Niet-zschean uhermensch who in the face of the increasing bureaucratization of science and military affairs could on the one hand celebrate the creation of a new weapon of terrible power and at the same time tell a president (as he did Truman), "Mr.