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Max Weber's Vision for Bureaucracy

A Casualty of World War I


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 1-21
  3. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 23-48
  4. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 49-64
  5. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 65-85
  6. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 87-102
  7. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 103-116
  8. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 117-138
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 139-194

About this book


This volume examines Max Weber’s pre-World War I thinking about bureaucracy. It suggests that Weber’s vision shares common components with the highly efficient Prussian General Staff military bureaucracy developed by Clausewitz and Helmuth von Moltke. Weber did not believe that Germany’s other major institutions, the Civil Service, industry, or the army could deliver world class performances since he believed that they pursued narrow, selfish interests. However, following Weber’s death in 1920, the model published by his wife Marianne contained none of the military material about which Weber had written approvingly in the early chapters of Economy and Society. Glynn Cochrane concludes that Weber’s model was unlikely to include military material after the Versailles peace negotiations (in which Weber participated) outlawed the Prussian General Staff in 1919. 


Prussian military Weber’s Ideal-Type Max Weber Prussian General Staff Civil Service military bureaucracy Prussian Great General Staff Versailles peace negotiations Industrial Revolution Officer training War Academy Tropical disease control organizational innovations Prussian military bureaucracy public health organizations specialization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social ScienceUniversity of QueenslandSt. Lucia, BrisbaneAustralia

About the authors

Glynn Cochrane was Professor at the Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University, USA, and a World Bank staff member. He is now Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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