- Copyright Page
- About the Editors
- Abbreviated Titles for Max Weber’s Texts
- Chronology of Max Weber’s Life
- Max Weber Past, Present, and Future
- Economics and Society and the Fate of Liberal Capitalism
- Max Weber’s Analysis of Capitalism
- Money, Credit, and Finance in Capitalism
- Law and the Development of Capitalism
- Is There a Future for Bourgeois Liberalism?
- Contemporary Capitalism and the Distribution of Power in Society
- Weberian Social Theory: Rationalization in a Globalized World
- Democracy, Partisanship, and Civil Society
- Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism
- The Weberian City, Civil Society, and Turkish Social Thought
- The Modern State and Its Monopoly on Violence
- The Relevance of Weber’s Conception and Typology of <i>Herrschaft</i>
- The Supranational Dimension in Max Weber’s Vision of Politics
- Plebiscitary Politics and the Threats to Legality: Some Classical Insights on a Current Phenomenon
- Politics and Ethics, and the Ethic of Politics
- Max Weber’s Ethics for the Modern World
- Max Weber and the Late Modernization of Catholicism
- The “Disenchantment of the World” or Why We Can No Longer Use the Formula as Max Weber Might Have Intended
- The Literati and the Dao: Vernacular and Nation in China
- Class, Caste, and Social Stratification in India: Weberian Legacy
- Including Islam
- The Study on Ancient Israel and Its Relevance for Contemporary Politics
- The Rationalizations of Culture and Their Directions
- Max Weber and the Sociology of Music
- Contemporary Life Conduct and Existential Cultures
- From Occidental Rationalism to Multiple Modernities
- Max Weber and the Idea of the Occident
- Intellectuals, Scholars, and the Value of Science
- The Iron Cage in the Information Age: Bureaucracy as Tangible Manifestation of a Deep Societal Phenomenon
- Causation, Value Judgments, <i>Verstehen</i>
- Realism and Reality in Max Weber
Abstract and Keywords
The “iron cage” has proven to be a very evocative metaphor, usually associated with government bureaucracy and its regulations. That bureaucracy has become the dominant organizational type in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors is often not recognized. While bureaucracy is often perceived in a negative manner, in a public sector context it also has great benefits, namely in the protection of citizen and societal interests against the private interests of business and lobbying interest groups. What is the role and position of public bureaucracy in contemporary Western, democratic societies? This chapter argues that the state, and by extension its bureaucracy, cannot be hollowed out and supplanted by other types of organization such as enterprise governance and network governance. Has Weber’s worry come true that democracy is marginalized by bureaucratization?
Jos C. N. Raadschelders is professor and associate dean of faculty at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. He is also affiliated with the Institute of Public Administration, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. His research interests include the nature of the government and its study, comparative government, administrative history, and anything else that captures his attention. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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