Can Bureaucracy Be Abandoned?June 28, 2021
The bureaucracy is a hierarchical (gradual) structure formed by the officials who fulfill the duties determined by the laws of the state. Bureaucrats are the people who are managers in this group of civil servants. Undersecretary, governor, district governor, director, chief are bureaucrats. Bureaucrats are both experts and permanent.
The state carries out its affairs through this group of civil servants, which it assigns in a subordinate relationship based on division of labor and specialization. In this organization, the duties and authorities of the civil servants were determined in detail. Everyone has to obey the orders of their superiors in accordance with the law. The powers possessed belong not to the officer but to his/her duty (office). The officer can only use these powers as long as he remains in office and cannot transfer them to another person. But the politicians who have the responsibility of administration are temporary.
According to Max Weber, it is not possible to give up bureaucracy. Because bureaucracy ensures that the state can perform its administrative function in a regular, secure and continuous manner.
Features that make bureaucracy indispensable
– Based on legal rules and sanctions
– Having a permanent staff
– Having a working tradition based on written documents and procedures
– Having the authority and responsibility to manage given according to position, knowledge and ability
– Based on division of labor and specialization
– Having a clear hierarchical structure
Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Grade 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Grade 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook