In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber, Organization, Ethics (Organization, Theory & Society Series)
By: Paul Du Gay (author)Hardback
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In this provocative study, Paul du Gay makes a compelling case for the continuing importance of bureaucracy. Taking inspiration from the work of Max Weber, du Gay launches a staunch defence of 'the bureaucratic ethos' and highlights its continuing relevance to the achievement of social order and good government in liberal democratic societies. Through a comprehensive engagement with both historical and contemporary critiques of bureaucracy and a careful examination of the policies of organizational change within the public services today, du Gay develops a major reappraisal of the so-called 'traditional' ethic of office. In doing so he highlights the ways in which many of the key features of bureaucratic conduct that came into existence a century ago still remain essential to the provision of responsible democratic government.
Paul du Gay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University
Introduction Bureaucratic Morality PART ONE: THE RELIGIOUS AND ROMANTIC ORIGINS OF 'BUREAU CRITIQUE' Alasdair MacIntyre and the Christian Genealogy of 'Bureau Critique' Bauman's Bureau 'Modernity', Identity, Ethics The Anti-Bureaucrats Contemporary Managerial Discourse and Charismatic Authority PART TWO: ENTREPRENEURIAL GOVERNANCE AND THE BUREAUCRATIC ETHOS Office as a Vocation? Entrepreneurial Governance and Bureaucracy-Critique 'Vitalizing' State Bureaux Some Ethico-Political Consequences of 'Re-Inventing Government' Separate and Distinct Personae 'Bureaucrats' and 'Politicians' Conclusion The Ethos of Office and State Interest
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