Handbook of American Public Administration
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Handbook of American Public Administration

Edited by Edmund C. Stazyk and H. G. Frederickson

The Handbook of American Public Administration draws on the expertise of established and emerging scholars to provide national and international audiences a comprehensive review of the current state and future direction of theory and practice in US public administration. The authors provide a cross-disciplinary, holistic review of the field and pave an agenda for future research.
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Chapter 6: Bureaucracy and democracy: perils and prospects

Brian J. Cook


Bureaucracy and democracy, seemingly antithetical ideas about governance, are inseparably intertwined in the development of the modern, and now postmodern, democratic state. Three classic accounts_from de Tocqueville, Weber, and Friedrich_offer wide-ranging insights into this complex relationship, revealing just how much bureaucracy and democracy have transformed one another. Despite the individualistic dimension within the democratic creed, organizations are the key to understanding the bureaucracy–democracy relationship and improving its prospects for a harmonious future.

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