Examples of bureaucracy in a Sentence
- As Europe slipped deeper into the war, the uranium panel twiddled its thumbs. It was so mired in bureaucracy that by the spring of 1940, it had managed to approve only the $6,000 in research funds earmarked for Fermi and Szilard, so they could purchase uranium and graphite for their fission experiments. —Jennet Conant, Tuxedo Park, 2002
- In recent books and articles a small but outspoken chorus of former CIA case officers has portrayed the once proudly swashbuckling agency as a timid, politically correct bureaucracy, overly concerned with being held to account by the press and Capitol Hill. —Evan Thomas, Newsweek, 29 Apr. 2002
- Proving that even lumbering federal bureaucracies can move quickly when they have to, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week took advantage of Congress' extended holiday break to introduce its long-awaited—and, perhaps, long-dreaded—ergonomic standards. —Editor & Publisher, 27 Nov. 1999
She was fed up with all the red tape and bureaucracy.
Both candidates pledge to simplify the state's bloated bureaucracy.
Recent Examples of bureaucracy from the Web
Though access to information abounds now, China watchers say tracking word-counts still offers insights because the Communist Party leadership relies on official documents to communicate with a large bureaucracy and society.
Trump tapped his son-in-law to head up a new office focused on fixing U.S. bureaucracy through business-world ideas.
Steve Ellis, former deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, the second-largest branch of Interior, said the reorganization could instead add another layer of bureaucracy with 13 new regional directors.
The result was a sprawling new federal bureaucracy.
During the Carter administration, Congress couldn’t pass the budget on time, and President Carter asked Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti how that would affect the management of the federal bureaucracy.
The ultimate triumph of bureaucracy over the battlefield.
Along the way, Roman teams up with Avery (Willis), a cop investigating human trafficking and fighting a corrupt bureaucracy that has harmful intentions.
The city is both home to dynamic technology businesses and a favorite target of frequent criticism for its liberal politics and government bureaucracy.
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The Roots of bureaucracy
Bureaucracy was borrowed from the French bureaucratie, which itself was formed by combining bureau (“desk”) and -cratie (a suffix denoting a kind of government). The English word can refer to an entire body of unelected government officials or to the problematic system (often filled with red tape) that may result from administration by bureaucrats. From its earliest appearances, bureaucracy has carried a distinctly negative connotation. An 1815 London Times article, for example, declares: “. . . it is in this bureaucracy, Gentlemen, that you will find the invisible and mischievous power which thwarts the most noble views, and prevents or weakens the effect of all the salutary reforms which France is incessantly calling for.”
BUREAUCRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bureaucracy for English Language Learners
: a large group of people who are involved in running a government but who are not elected
: a system of government or business that has many complicated rules and ways of doing things
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