The Review of Politics 67:153-155 (2005)

James Mahon
Lehman College (CUNY)
In this review of Ezra Suleiman's book I explain his argument that democracies need independent professional bureaucracies with Weberian "impersonal" authority, and that the greatest threat to the authority of government and the health of democracy is the trend towards turning bureaucracy into an instrument of the governing political party of the day.
Keywords bureaucracy  institutions  democracy  federal government  civil service  cronyism
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