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Bureaucracy by James Q. Wilson
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Mar 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: administrative-law

This being a chestnut in administrative studies, there are plenty good, quick summaries that describe Wilson's main points (like this summary and this from a professor here in Richmond. The full book is still worth a read primarily because his overarching point--that government agencies have a series of unique characteristics--is best experienced
through the many stories Wilson recounts.

Most of the book is description - Wilson creates categories to describe and differentiate agencies. With those categories defined, he then describes the context in which they work with constraints inherent to their nature and imposed by law and society.

Really quite a good read.

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