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Max Weber Bureaucracy In this article Max Weber is writing on the characteristics of the modern bureaucracy He sets aside six main principles or functions they are as follows 1 There is the principle of official jurisdictional areas which are ordered by laws or administrative regulations 2 The principles of office hierarchy and of channels of appeal which set up a system of super- and subordination This establishes a system of supervision of the lower offices by the higher ones 3 The management of the office is based upon written documents which are preserved in their original form 4 The principle that office management is distinctly modern This usually requires specialized training in a specific field 5 When the office is fully developed official activity demands the full working capacity of the official 6 The management of the office follows general rules Many things have changed for the modern bureaucrat Weber states that office holding is not considered ownership of a source of income as we saw in the past He also states that this office holding is not considered a common exchange of services He states that the entrance into an office is for a specific duty The official is stated to receive a monetary compensation in the form of a salary This differs from the ways we have traditionally seen because salary is not measured like a wage in terms of work done but according to status Weber states that the official is set for a career within the hierarchical order and that he expects to move up to more important positions He says that the official wants these conditions fixed in terms of seniority or according to grades achieved in a system of examinations Weber states that bureaucracy accompanies modern mass democracy He says that this results from the principle that the abstract regularity of the exercise of authority which is a result of the demand for equality
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