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A bureaucracy is an organization run by a large number of people working together through a complex hierarchy. It takes time for a bureaucracy to come to decisions because there are many people who need to understand the issues at hand. There are many rules to make sure no one jumps to conclusions. It is very methodical and careful. Each individual has his own jurisdiction and office.

The Executive Branch of the Federal government uses a bureaucracy to manage many of its departments.

Theories on Bureaucracy

Woodrow Wilson

For more detailed treatments, see The Study of Administration and Administrative State.

In 1887, Woodrow Wilson published The Study of Administration,[1] a foundational essay in the structure of modern administration.


  1. The Study of Administration, Full Text (June, 1887)