The textbook describes Weber’s ideal characteristics of bureaucracy. There are also eight shortcomings listed in the textbook.
Consider the bureaucracies that you come in contact with (college, work, IRS, medical offices, or the Post Office).
For the written assignment this week, pick one bureaucracy with which you are familiar, and create a 750 (or more) word, APA style paper. In your paper describe the following:
· How did you come in contact with the bureaucracy?
· What shortcomings do you see in the bureaucracy? (Select and provide evidence of at least two shortcomings)
· How would you resolve the shortcomings mentioned?
· Do social group memberships give some individuals an advantage when navigating this bureaucracy?
An elected Duma was set up to advise and consult with the Tsar as well as to propose new legislation. This was a serious blow to the autocratic system as opposition to the government could now legally be expressed for the first time. Nicholas did manage to claw back much of his authority after the 1905 revolution but in doing so only antagonised more of his support base. This antagonism made them increasingly willing to support later, far more revolutionary endeavours against the autocratic system. By 1914 Nicholas’s half modernised Russia was in no condition to survive a world war. As such, it should come as no surprise that the autocratic system was unable to find the answers to Russia’s many problems and finally collapsed in February 1917. By nature, the autocratic system was incapable of achieving sustained economic modernisation without serious social consequences. In an autocracy this meant a revolution. With competent leadership the Russian autocracy may have been prolonged, but the system under Alexander and Nicholas was doomed as they lacked the aptitude to balance the dangers of modernisation with the autocratic system. The nature of Russia especially, and a hint towards revolution can be viewed in Witte’s message to Nicholas “The present movement for freedom is not of new birth. Its roots are imbedded in centuries of Russian history. Freedom must become the slogan of the government. No other possibility for the salvation of the state exists. The march of historical progress cannot be halted. The idea of civil liberty will triumph if not through reform then by the path of revolution. The government must be ready to proceed along constitutional lines. The government must sincerely and openly strive for the well-being of the state and not endeavour to protect this or that type of government. There is no alternative. The government must either place itself at the head of the movement which has gripped the country, or it mus>GET ANSWER