Friday, January 2, 2004
[1969 - Operation Barrier Reef begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam]
William's Theory of the Bureaucracy - Part 1
The overriding principle of the bureaucracy is: Distribution of Authority. Bureaucratic Authority is authority that has been sliced up in a microtome, then dispersed and distributed so widely throughout the various layers of the organization that eventually if vanishes completely. The disappearance of authority is useful in two regards. Not only does it make accomplishment of any meaningful result unlikely, but it also obscures accountability for the inevitable failure of purpose.
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