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Professor von Mises addressed himself to a particular issue: what is the essential difference between bureaucratic management by government and market management in a system based on private ownership of the means of production? Mises does not discuss bureaus or bureaucrats, but inexorable principles of human action. He does not condemn bureaucracy, which is the appropriat ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 137 pages
Published September 1996 by Libertarian Press, Inc. (first published 1944)
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The Bureaucracy analyzes and compares the structural organization in the functionality of private enterprise to bureaucratic agencies and public enterprise. The main objective of business administration is to make profit in the most efficient manner in serving the demands of the consumer. On the other hand, the main objective of public administration cannot be simply measured in terms of monetary value, so the marketplace has no ability to set any prices and achievement. It is impossible to know ...more
3.5 out of 5, but I decided to be nice and round up to 4/5.

Firstly, I will say that it was a good treatment on bureaucracy and, more specifically, planned economy vs free markets. Mises is a good writer and makes persuasive arguments. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that his arguments are extremely in-depth. Given that this book is so short, I'm willing to let his brevity on some issues slide, but I will need to read more of his work in the future to understand his views on fascism and so
This book is jam packed with great insights on the inherent failure of bureaucracy. Basically, since money is taken by coercion from the taxa payers, there is no sense of knowing whether the goods and services provided for by the state are in any way efficient or not. Furthermore, with the absence of the profit motive, the bureaucrat reverts to rigid rules and regulations to guide his/her management. Bureaucracy has no way to award good management and punish bad management, since there is no mar ...more
Ruel Chavez
In Bureaucracy, Ludwig von Mises argues throughout the book that economic and personal freedom has been consistently coerced by the State through the gradual expansion of bureaucratic management. Though citizens feel this coercion through the subtle squeezing of their pockets, it is very rare to find someone who knows the details how it is being done. I think the book will give us such ability to distinguish the voice of freedom from the counterfeit ones.

Mises adds a fresh new perspective for anyone who wants to learn about the mystic question: What is bureaucracy? Trying to make bureaucracy something that it is not and will never be, an effective and efficient system, is a flaw that many of us thought over and over again. Some interesting concepts are shown like the difference between bureaucratic and profit management, why bureaucracy economic calculation is not possible and how it destroys the possibilities of change and growth.
Zachary Moore
An excellent and short treatise on the subject of bureaucracy. Mises establishes the essential difference between business and bureaucracy as a question of whether success can be measured by profit and loss or whether success is defined as the strict adherence of pre-established rules. He then shows how the character of bureaucracy inevitably gives rise to those negative features of bureaucratization that most spring to peoples' minds while also showing that the trend toward bureaucratization is ...more
Nov 06, 2010 wigwam rated it 3 of 5 stars
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i started the intro last week but then read it all again today. it's got a lot of great stuff, some hokey datedness and bizarrely comical details in examples or in rah-rah thesis declarations but i've only ever read selections from and essays on this guy so it's interesting to follow one piece of his from start to finish and get the scope and depth of his viewpoint and from what i've been told this is a great start/overview of his overall economic/political/philosophical theories
Daniel Hepworth
Fantastic book. If it weren't for all the references to the nazis (as in, they still existed in this pre-WWII world), you would think it was written six months ago. Very clearly outlines the capitalism vs. socialism debate and lays out why bureaucracy itself (though not necessarily the bureaucrats themselves) is to be avoided when possible.
Marts  (Thinker)
Great work by Von Mises, explaining the differences between bureaucratic and profit management, and the advantages and disadvantages of both with a focus on the bureaucratic forms of government and operations of large industries.
Correctly describes how state involvement in business leads to business become increasingly like an unaccountable bureaucracy.
Surprisingly, a really good read. Clear, concise comparison of bureaucracy and socialism.
Craig J.
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Richard Murphy
tough read, repetitive on the main topic of management philosophy
Hyzer Anhyzer
Applies to today no differently than 1944. Mises is brilliant.
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]; September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.
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