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
With the passage of so much time, prosecutors had to track down numerous witnesses and documents in a vast bureaucracy and jog foggy memories.
That position, held for 2 years by Franklin Orr, was more like what physicists had wanted originally, Lubell says, but Murray says the extra layer of bureaucracy was, at times, cumbersome.
Casperson acknowledged that the bills add layers of bureaucracy to state government — something conservative Republicans typically don't favor.
Their Herculean tenacity in the face of crippling obstacles, rigid bureaucracy and legal red tape is quite something to watch.
But at the same time that there are hundreds of key vacancies in presidential appointees, the administration is signaling deep distrust in the bureaucracy and waging war on the Senior Executive Service.
This is a genuine improvement over current policy, which pins the credit or blame on the information technology chiefs several layers down in the bureaucracy.
The timeline involving the Oasis cheese products is particularly jarring with its tick tock of bureaucracy and fatality.
Here, unlike the movie or publishing businesses, the distance between those aspiring to make something and those deciding what gets made isn't so vast and riddled with bureaucracies and middlemen.
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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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