Assignment on Bureaucracy in Bangladesh

Max Weber, was a scholar whose intellectual range was unusually wide, and whose personality made an even deeper impression than his learning on those privileged to know him. He wrote on subjects so various as ancient agrarian history, the conditions of the rural population of Prussia, the methodology of the social sciences, and the sociology of religion1. Weber’s analyses encompassing such diversified fields of study ranging from history to comparative social sciences, have earned him immorality in the academic circles all over the world. Weber’s influence on the modern thinkers on administration is obvious from the fact, that a majority of propositions and models on bureaucracy spanning over half a century are considered either as different versions of Weberian model or attempts at contradicting it, thus making the Weberian model the all important print of beginning. More than anyone else, Weber alerted social scientists to the importance of the phenomenon they had insufficiently studied and understood. He can be considered the mentor of those scholars who subsequently became interested and contributed to the understing and clarification of the term “bureaucracy”.
Bureaucracies are, crucial elements of the political systems all over the world, and have been recognized to be so more or less explicitly2. As Bensman and Rosenberg note, “Bureaucracy is not intrinsic to communism, socialism or capitalism. It can exist in any type of society, with or without private property, and in a basically dictatorial or a basically democratic climate3. Studies of bureaucracy usually take one of two distinct approaches. The first, which goes back to Max Weber’s exposition of a formal organization operating according to standards of rationality for the attainment of specific organization goals, has been termed the rational model. The other approach, which, it seems, is more in vague today, focuses attention on informal structures and individual need fulfillment of the role incumbents within the organization. This has been termed the natural- system model4.

Max Weber, was a scholar whose intellectual range was unusually wide, and whose personality made an even deeper impression than his learning on those privileged to know him. He wrote on subjects so various as ancient agrarian history, the conditions of the rural population of Prussia, the methodology of the social sciences, and the sociology of religion1. Weber’s analyses encompassing such diversified fields of study ranging from history to comparative social sciences, have earned him immorality in the academic circles all over the world. Weber’s influence on the modern thinkers on administration is obvious from the fact, that a majority of propositions and models on bureaucracy spanning over half a century are considered either as different versions of Weberian model or attempts at contradicting it, thus making the Weberian model the all important print of beginning. More than anyone else, Weber alerted social scientists to the importance of the phenomenon they had insufficiently studied and understood. He can be considered the mentor of those scholars who subsequently became interested and contributed to the understing and clarification of the term “bureaucracy”.
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