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Bureaucracy and Democracy (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 7)

ISBN 9780415646321
Published July 11, 2012 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

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

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Eva Etzioni-Halevy


'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