This book aimed to provide insights into the complex, and often unclear, context of the public sector, and to describe a new approach to the analysis and management of public organizations.

Public administrations are historically rooted in the bureaucratic model, as described by Weber (1922). Weber described bureaucracy in its pure form as the most efficient and rational way of organizing. According to the author, bureaucratization was the key part of the rational-legal authority and the key process in the ongoing rationalization of Western society. Weber individuated several preconditions for the emergence of bureaucracy: the growth in space and population being administered, the growth in complexity of the administrative tasks ...

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