Max Weber's Model of Bureaucracy and the Values That Bureaucracy Jeopardizes in Public Administration

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Introduction In the opinion of Max Weber, government agencies should ideally be organized in accordance to the bureaucratic form. Indeed, in some quarters, the "ideal-typical" bureaucracy proposed by Weber is still regarded important to modern society. This text describes Max Weber's model of bureaucracy. Also to be discussed are the values that bureaucracy jeopardizes in public administration. Max Weber's Model of Bureaucracy Weber saw the traditional administrative system as being laden with defects or shortcomings. In his opinion, bureaucracy would help resolve some of these defects. An ideal typical bureaucracy for Weber as Pennington (2009) points out "has a very definite organizational form which is adopted owing to its efficiency-enhancing properties." According to Pennington (2009), Weber's ideal type bureaucracy is made up of ten features. I briefly examine each of these features/characteristics below. To begin with, the position or post occupied by an official should be his/her main or sole occupation. Secondly, a clear structure should provide for promotion on the basis of merit and/or seniority. Promotion in this case is however dependent on the superior's judgment. Third, the official must not appropriate his/her position as he/she is not deemed to own the office in his or her personal capacity. Next, the official should be subject to, and hence must abide by the office's conduct and disciplinary system. Fifth, in the course of executing the duties

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