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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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Aug 13, 2013 Alexx rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2013 Clinton rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 21, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 13, 2015 ziombel rated it really liked it
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The book is designed for the average reader and does not require any specialist knowledge. It describes some of the absurdities of bureaucracy and bureaucratic management. Also confronts bureaucratic management with the management by using the price system (free market). It also describes the source of the bureaucracy. A person more interested in free-market economics and the ensuing philosophy will not find in it a lot of new information. But I recommend that book to all enthusiasts of laissez- ...more
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Aug 03, 2014 Ruel Chavez rated it it was amazing
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.

Nov 24, 2015 Kopyto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Skvělé! Ostatně jako vždy. Brilantně podané rozdíly v principech fungování tržního vs. byrokratického prostředí a všech důsledků z nich vyplývajících.
Popsání intervencionalismu (regulace plodí další regulace, čímž se roztáčí spirála omezování individuálních svobod), jako způsobu postupného dokráčení k totalitě a socialimu, je krásně a srozumitelně podáno i neekonomů.
Zachary Moore
Jul 29, 2011 Zachary Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2015 Josip rated it it was amazing
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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.
Daniel Hepworth
Jul 02, 2011 Daniel Hepworth rated it it was amazing
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.
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Nov 18, 2008 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
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.
May 11, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it
Correctly describes how state involvement in business leads to business become increasingly like an unaccountable bureaucracy.
Jan 24, 2013 Collin rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, a really good read. Clear, concise comparison of bureaucracy and socialism.
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Dec 14, 2013 Richard Murphy rated it really liked it
tough read, repetitive on the main topic of management philosophy
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Apr 09, 2013 Hyzer Anhyzer rated it really liked it
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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