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Bureaucracy   /bjʊrˈɑkrəsi/   Listen

Nonelective government officials.  Synonym: bureaucratism.
A government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials.
Any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape.

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"Bureaucracy" Quotes from Famous Books

... only suggestion yet made had reference to buildings which, having been designed for office work, were obviously unsuitable. Another reason for keeping them on was their cost. Economy in one direction might lead to economy in another, and the whole fabric of the now bureaucracy would be threatened. It was therefore useless to hope for ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Apr 2, 1919 • Various

... shock was much greater. For Gogol dared not only bid defiance to the accepted method; he dared to introduce a subject-matter that under the guise of humor audaciously attacked the very foundation of the state, namely, the officialdom of the Russian bureaucracy. That is why the Revizor marks such a revolution in the world of Russian letters. In form it was realistic, in substance it was vital. It showed up the rottenness and corruption of the instruments through which the Russian government functioned. ...
— The Inspector-General • Nicolay Gogol

... pessimism of believing that all of mankind were such beast fools that, after this one great sin, they could not repent and turn from tribal murder. And what other remedy was there? If socialism had not prevented the war, neither had monarchy nor bureaucracy, bourgeois peace movements, nor ...
— The Trail of the Hawk - A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life • Sinclair Lewis

... for oil and gas exploration, better countrywide distribution of cooking gas, and the construction of natural gas pipelines and power plants. Progress on other economic reforms has been halting because of opposition from the bureaucracy, public sector unions, and other vested interest groups. The especially severe floods of 1998 increased the country's reliance on large-scale international aid. So far the East Asian financial crisis has not had major impact on ...
— The 2000 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... industrial democracy when the war is over. The economic roots of Militarism and of the confederacy of reactionary influences which are found supporting it—Imperialism, Protectionism, Conservatism, Bureaucracy, Capitalism—are subjected to a critical analysis. The safeguarding and furtherance of the interests of Improperty and Profiteering are exhibited as the directing and moulding influences; of domestic and foreign policy, and their exploitation of other more disinterested motives is traced in the ...
— The Free Press • Hilaire Belloc

Words linked to "Bureaucracy" :   pentagon, bureaucratic, officialdom, authorities, regime, organisation, organization, civil service, government officials, government, bureaucratism

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