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Unformatted text preview: acy: A body of administrative officials, and the
procedures and tasks involved in a system of administration
– Administrative duties are atomized
– Decisions made according to rules, not judgment
– Bureaucrats are exacting, impersonal
– Promotion is based on merit
– Provides a hierarchical authority structure
Provides hierarchical Some
• Increased efficiency and speed of social action
• Meritocracy, social leveling
• Greater emphasis on education, credentialism
• Subordination of emotion, tradition, and spirituality to rationality
– Rationalized society constitutes an “iron cage” or a “shell as hard
as steel” that we can’t escape
– Creates a society that feels like “the polar night of icy darkness”
“Government Bureau,” by George Tooker (1956)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2013 for the course ECON 1110 taught by Professor Wissink during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Spring '06