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red tape

rules which stipulate in great detail how the members of an organization should carry out their duties, and which are seen to inhibit flexibility and detract from effectiveness. See BUREAUCRACY, GOAL DISPLACEMENT.
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Therefore, we expect to see empirical evidence both for convergence among red-tape measures and for divergence between red tape and formalization measures.
Other studies take up this task by trying to devise methodologies that can possibly enable separation of ordinary delays from red-tape based delays (Bretschneider and Bozeman 1995; Pandey and Bretschneider 1997).
Confronted with a double team of normative certainty from public-choice theorists and the privatization juggernaut, red-tape research has receded to the margins.
'The burden of red-tape falls disproportionately on smaller companies.'
Empirical evidence shows that public organizations have greater red-tape based administrative delay than do private organizations.
In this article we investigate whether public organizations see new computer technologies as tools to cut down red-tape induced administrative delay.