Although a powerful, independent bureaucracy poses a threat to democracy, it is indispensable to its proper functioning. This book provides an overview of the complex relationship between bureaucracy and the politics of democracy and is essential reading for students of sociology, political science and public administration. It is designed to guide students through the maze of classical and modern theories on the topic, to give them basic information on the historical developments in this area and the present them with case histories of the actual relationship between bureaucrats and politicians in democratic societies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives 1. Classical Theories: Marx, Michels, Mosca 2. Classical Theories: The Weberian Framework 3. Modern Theories: Pluralism and Government Overload 4. Modern Theories: The Technocratic View 5. Modern Theories: The Corporatist View 6. Modern Theories: The Marxist View 7. Bureaucratic Power – A Democratic Dilemma Part 2: Empirical Perspectives 8. The Development of Western Bureaucracy: Overview and Explanation 9. Recent Developments: Some Apparent Counter-Trends 10. Bureaucratic Development and the Power of Bureaucracy 11. Bureaucracy and Party Politics 12. Bureaucracy and Electoral Manipulation 13. Bureaucracy in a Double Bind – Some Case Studies Conclusion
'A masterful synthesis of existing materials on this important subject.’ – Contemporary Sociology
'It is the product of considerable erudition and will help to enliven courses in administrative theory.' Australian Journal of Public Administration