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Compare and contrast the role of the Federal Bureaucracy in the United States with that of the Civil Service in Britain

Date Submitted: 08/14/2004 21:32:48
Category: / Law & Government / International
Length: 5 pages (1287 words)
Max Weber, (often) credited with the birth of sociology, the science of social studies, said that the 'ideal bureaucracy' consisted of a system that was efficient, worked fast but yet remained precise, wasn't ambiguous, had knowledge of the files it held, continually discreet, has strict subordination, reduction of friction whilst maintaining the lowest possible material and production costs. While Weber's statement is itself ambitious (and highly unlikely that a bureaucracy containing all those characteristics could …
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…government have leant, very well, how to manipulate and manage the media to their own advantage. Very little is heard of the civil service in the daily papers, and therefore it doesn't come in for too much criticism. Hopefully over the next 8-10 years some serious reform of the civil service may take place, even if it simply works to incorporate the rash of special advisors that are cropping up in modern day British politics.
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