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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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A revolution led by a small number of members of the civilian, bureaucratic, and military elite brought about a radical change in the power structure by placing the monarchy under a constitution.
The republic took the state from the sultan and handed it over to the bureaucratic center in the form of the cult of personality.
He highlighted the "sacred cows" of education and social services which he claimed are "massively over bureaucratic, obsessed with policy and strategy creation at the expense of hands on service deliverers".
But with bureaucratic problems plaguing the counter- terrorism project, only seven are left behind.
A council spokesman said: "Judges were impressed with the way planning in Wolverhampton transformed itself from a department previously perceived as obstructive and bureaucratic to one that put the customer first and cut away unnecessary red tape.
How about putting people in jail then publicizing it as a deterrent instead of generating yet another expensive bureaucratic requirement for legitimate SDVOSBs?
He said the hospital's payroll distribution had been delayed for a few days each month recently due to bureaucratic delays in transferring funds from the Health Ministry, which pays salaries
The final section considers the functional mechanisms of bureaucratic organization--mechanisms whose distinctive character make the workings of this kind of organization difficult to keep track of.
ALMATY, Apr 14, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan urged Kazakhstan to remove the bureaucratic obstacles before businessmen.
It would be naive to condemn Tata, who now own Corus, for taking advantage of the crazy bureaucratic rules.
This is an unnecessary, bureaucratic system that will achieve very little," said a Scottish Grocers' Federation spokesman.
As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work is a nonpartisan examination of the failings of bureaucratic government models with newer, leaner, and more creative approaches in keeping with the fast-paced and ever-changing information age.