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
Some laud the decision as a welcome step forward that will help unclog government bureaucracy and allow more federal resources to flow to states and local communities.
One big issue, however, came in the tangle of bureaucracy.
Elsewhere, there is some seriously strange activity within the federal bureaucracy.
The ponderous ways of bureaucracy are not obstacles, but important aids, to effective government.
Getting federal approval to bring in Mexican workers on temporary visas comes with some bureaucracy and oversight, like yearly inspections of the housing that Flying H provides workers.
Many co-workers also confront additional bureaucracy and a less obvious impact on the company’s overall success as their organization becomes more complex.
And perhaps above all, the UO situation exposes the bureaucracy and crosscurrents within a university that can scuttle an investigation.
In 2012 and 2013, an undercover agent solicited Cannon’s help navigating bureaucracy to get a business started there.
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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.”
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