One of the enduring themes in public administration is the search for the “best” operational structure for public organizations.  Research on organizational structures has focused on managerial issues such as span of control, chain of command (e.g. centralization and decentralization) and organizational relationships.  A related debate (dating back to Weber and before) has centered on the advantages and disadvantages of hierarchical structures and the search for alternative ways of structuring relationships within organizations.

Describe Weber’s Theory of Bureaucracy as it relates to government?

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Discuss the major strengths and weaknesses of Bureaucracy.

  1. Should bureaucracy be blamed for the shortcomings of local government?  Discuss

The Federal Bureaucracy Discussion

Early Theories of Human Development