Bureaucracy: Three Paradigms

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The study of bureaucracy must include certain key questions: what are bureaucrats and bureaucracies; why do they exist and what are their functions; how do they behave; how much power do they possess; what is their impact on efficiency and production; and how do they affect society?
This book contains analyses of all these issues, done by a variety of economists of differing backgrounds, approaches and opinions, broadly categorized under the labels Neoclassical, ...

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Overview

The study of bureaucracy must include certain key questions: what are bureaucrats and bureaucracies; why do they exist and what are their functions; how do they behave; how much power do they possess; what is their impact on efficiency and production; and how do they affect society?
This book contains analyses of all these issues, done by a variety of economists of differing backgrounds, approaches and opinions, broadly categorized under the labels Neoclassical, Institutionalist, and Marxist, although there are overlaps and correspondences that cross ideological and/or paradigmal boundaries.
In this book the labels are employed as a guide to the reader with a preference for one approach over the others, and as an indication of how chapters in different sections are related in their approaches.

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'... this is really an interesting and worthwhile reading book ... and I can only recommend it to every reader who wants to know something about bureaucracy.'
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 152:3 (1996)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789401046121
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Recent Economic Thought Series, #34
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Pages: 245

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Bureaucracy; N. Garston. Part I: The Nature of Bureaucracy. 2. The Behavior of Corporate Bureaucrats; R. Pecchenino. 3. Bureaucracy and Class in Marxism; P. Chattopadhyay. 4. The Emergence and Functions of Managerial and Clerical Personnel in Marx's Capital; G. Duménil, D. Lévy. 5. An Institutionalist Theory of Bureaucracy: Organizations and Technology; T.R. DeGregori, R.J. Thompson with D. Shepherd. Part II: The Internal Functioning of Bureaucracy. 6. A Model of Corporate Organizational Structure; M.J. Beckmann. 7. Public Sector Bureaucracy: the Neoclassical Perspective; P.M. Jackson. 8. Bureaucracy/Technocracy, Market Structure and Behavior: an Institutionalist's View; J.R. Munkirs. Part III: Bureaucracy and Society. 9. The Economic Functions of Clerical and Managerial Personnel: an Historic Perspective; G. Duménil, D. Lévy. 10. Bureaucracy and Society: an Institutionalist Perspective; R.J. Thompson. 11. Communist Bureaucrats and the Transition to the Market Economy; A.M. Pilarski. 12. Paradigms, Insights and Problems; N. Garston. Index.

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