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.
`... 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)
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.