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Sources of Bureaucratic Legitimacy, Part II

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In part I, I argued that Max Weber’s “sociology of legitimacy” helps us understand the authority claims of modern bureaucracies.  Weber argues that authority generates itself by social construction founded upon universally accepted norms and beliefs.  This culminates in three main forms of legitimacy—traditional, charismatic, and legal authority—and corresponds best to affective and rational social action.  However, Weber’s theory is insufficient to explain how legitimacy pervades the public consciousness, becoming part of an intersubjectively or interdependently shared structure of public beliefs. Read the rest of this entry »


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December 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Sources of Bureaucratic Legitimacy, Part I

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One of the oft-repeated arguments between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is the size and scope of government. Obscure bureaucracies often find themselves in the crosshairs of such debates about relevance and scarcity of funds. However, even the view of limited government still accepts the existence of bureaucratic control and occasional regulation. In a sense, the world consists of interacting regimes of bureaucracies, both global and domestic. Read the rest of this entry »