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Bureaucrat

An administrator, especially of a government or large corporation. A bureaucrat is charged with enforcing the rules and ensuring that proper procedures are followed. The word has a negative connotation because bureaucrats are often thought to slow down progress or innovation. However, because bureaucrats help create a level playing field, Max Weber argued that they are necessary for the rule of law to function.
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From the beginning, the transition from the old system of a bureaucratically managed economy to the new system of a mixed market economy was recognised to require large-scale institutional change, for example Murrell (1992).
Mario, a bureaucratically minded man from a provincial Spanish town, encounters Blanca, a highly cultured and highly troubled woman whose life is a fascinating snarl of drugs and destructive affairs.
He said that getting EU authorisation under the new system may be so bureaucratically arduous that manufacturers won't bother to go through the process of getting a healthy product to the market.
flexible response"), newly available supporting technologies (the laser and integrated circuit), an innovative engineering team from a minor defense contractor (Texas Instruments), and a persistent and bureaucratically adept Air Force colonel.
Centralized administrative agencies may be perceived bureaucratically burdensome, unresponsive agencies that maximize their own budgets and authority to the detriment of user departments.
And Woodward is hardly the first critic to paint Dick Cheney as a worst-case fantasist and intelligence cherry picker; Donald Rumsfeld as an arrogant, micromanaging bully; Condoleezza Rice as a weak national security adviser disposed to tell her boss what he wanted to hear; and Colin Powell as a bureaucratically isolated, reluctant warrior who allowed the administration's war-lusting neoconservatives to enlist his prestige on behalf of a war he regarded as unnecessary and potentially disastrous (see Karen DeYoung's superb Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell).
Despite the many failings of bureaucratically misfocused, politically-orientated senior management of the NHS, my observations from an eight day stay in a hospital bed at North Tees was that world class treatment and nursing care was delivered to me and my fellow patients without exception by all the staff, ranging from paramedics to the Patientline staff, with true professionalism and a wonderful touch of humour.
Government, organizationally and bureaucratically, remains organized to fight the Cold War.
European governments approach meat and dairy more cautiously than the United States does, despite our famous muckraking history and a regulatory structure that is at least bureaucratically impressive.
Sahlins approaches these documents--with their inherent narrative and rhetorical strategies--as texts designed to manipulate what was ostensibly a bureaucratically formalized process in which the king and his advisors played no direct role.
It is a paradox where bureaucratically we are excellent but on a daily basis we have a significant number of machines off due to staffing problems.