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The Democratic LeaderHow Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its Leaders$
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John Kane and Haig Patapan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199650477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650477.001.0001

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The Bureaucratic Challenge to Democratic Leadership

The Bureaucratic Challenge to Democratic Leadership

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(p.110) 6 The Bureaucratic Challenge to Democratic Leadership
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The Democratic Leader
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John Kane

Patapan Haig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650477.003.0007

Modern democracies, despite ‘small government’ ideologies, have grown large because of the increasing democratization of society, which produces an enormous expansion of demand for services that democratic governments are obliged to try to meet. But bureaucracies, like democratic leaders, must be seen always to be the servants, not the masters, of the people. The democratic leader, though he or she does not own this complex instrument, must therefore control or manage it or be punished for its failures. The persistent tendency of bureaucracy to develop as an independent source of authority presents leaders with a perennial challenge. This chapter explores the historical attempts by democratic leaders to address this challenge, and the extent to which they have succeeded in mastering it.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, accountability, efficiency, public service

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