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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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Xi called the campaign a "thorough inspection, overhaul and cleanup" of undesirable work styles and practices such as formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance.
Subnational attempts to reallocate income are likely to be thwarted by the mobility of high-income distincts and of capital, and the attempts to reallocate income will create distortions and inefficiencies in geographic location; the unequal and possibly inadequate fiscal capacities of regional administrations also make bureaucratism desirable on equity grounds.
There was strong resistance by workers to the labor contract system, though in official discourse the failure to implement the Labor Contract Law of 1986 in state-owned and collective enterprises was attributed to bureaucratism and poor understanding of why or how it was to be done.
Read argues that three themes can be followed throughout the Communist period, those of productionism, careerism, and bureaucratism. He defines productionism as putting "every effort ...
Thus Deng (1994) criticized the proliferation of cadre-run companies and criticized "organizational overlapping, overstaffing, bureaucratism, sluggishness, endless disputes over trifles and the repossession of powers devolved to lower levels" (p.238).
Dimension was a part of the rebirth of the Left in the 1960s, and for a few years a powerful critique of the bureaucratism of trade union leadership flourished.
``One area of growth has been in Quango-land, `` he said, ``We have got to keep our eye on bureaucratism in Wales, we are a country that loves a committee.''
The social system in China has been called "bureaucratic feudalism", the "Asiatic mode of production", "Asiatic bureaucratism" or "feudal bureaucratism", which arose from the need to manage a vast agricultural economy.
So Mao accused the party for having capitalist tendencies, bureaucratism, elitism, inefficiency, and loss of revolutionary fervor.
The meta-historical wrangling Moses discusses is usually between ideological intentionalists, who foreground prior anti-Semitism as the crucial factor in the Holocaust, and the structural-functionalists, who wish to reflexively implicate the bureaucratism and technocratic mindset of western modernity in their accounts.
The Chinese reforms, however, are a dynamic, ongoing process, and they have produced "an impressive number of laws and regulations aimed at supporting the transition towards a socialist market economy" in the areas of "contract, property and foreign business relations."(75) The fact that their enforcement has been spotty(76) should come as no surprise in view of the Confucian tradition's non-legalist foundations and Maoist antipathy toward law in its quest to reduce bureaucratism and harness the energy of permanent revolutionary fervor.
However bureaucratism and other imperfections of the global commonwealth as well as social maturation and genetic enhancement lead to the "small revolution" resulting in 41,525 autonomous communities on earth and in space as of 2157 (235).