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aristocracy

aristocracy  

A vague term, derived from the Greek aristokratia, meaning the rule of the best. It is broader than peerage or even nobility. In common parlance it was usually taken to mean the upper classes or ...
bureaucratization

bureaucratization  

Is the process of increasing the amount of formal rules and procedures in an organization. [See bureaucracy.]
bureaupathology

bureaupathology  

The manifestations of exaggerated bureaucratic behaviour (see bureaucracy). They include resistance to change, an obsessive reliance on rules and regulations, and an individual incapability of ...
bureausis

bureausis  

A reaction against bureaucratic behaviour (see bureaucracy; bureaupathology) by an individual (usually a client). The individual demands personal attention and refuses to abide by the rules and ...
charisma

charisma  

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Is a quality possessed by some individuals that encourages others to listen and follow. Charismatic leaders tend to be self-confident, visionary, and change oriented, often with eccentric or unusual ...
civil service

civil service  

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Government posts were filled by patronage until well into the reign of Victoria. The Northcote–Trevelyan Report (1854) recommended changes, including entry to a civil service by competitive ...
concept-construction

concept-construction  

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The process whereby concepts are developed as a means of developing knowledge in a field, or contributing to the fuller theoretical understanding of the field. For Max Weber, the science of sociology ...
consumption

consumption  

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1 The process of using resources to satisfy human wants or needs.2 In water supply, the fraction of the water that is not available for use by humans.
corporation

corporation  

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N.An entity that has legal personality, i.e. it is capable of enjoying and being subject to legal rights and duties (see juristic person) and possesses the capacity of succession. A corporation ...
democracy

democracy  

[Ge]A political system that allows the citizens to participate in political decision‐making, or to elect representatives to government bodies.
denomination

denomination  

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Most English, Welsh, and Scottish schools tend to be non‐denominational, and thus religious observance and study are not a compulsory part of the curriculum. In Scotland those which are ...
diplomacy

diplomacy  

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N.the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country's representatives abroad: an extensive round of diplomacy in the Middle East.
dominant ideology thesis

dominant ideology thesis  

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Proponents of the thesis identify ideology, a term used (in this context) synonymously with concepts such as shared belief systems, ultimate values, and common culture, as the mainstay of social ...
domination

domination  

Rule by coercion or noncoercive compliance. Individuals or groups may exercise power over others—domination—either by brute force or because that power is accepted as legitimate by those who are ...
economic sociology

economic sociology  

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The fundamental problem in economics is to explain how the limited productive resources and effort of a society are allocated among the wide range of alternative uses to which they might be put. ...
elites

elites  

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Sometimes spelled with an accent, the word has now been anglicized in its sociological usage. The term is often loosely used to refer to any superior or privileged group, but it more properly refers ...
formal rationality

formal rationality  

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As defined by Max Weber in his account of the market and bureaucracy, this refers to the extent of impersonal quantitative calculation (that is, risk assessment) that is possible and applied. Money ...
goal

goal  

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The state that is presumed to exist within the brain of an animal and which corresponds to a state of affairs the animal seeks to achieve. It is inferred from observation of the stimuli that ...
government/administration (Greek)

government/administration (Greek)  

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Greek states involved their citizens, as far as possible, in carrying out decisions as well as in making decisions, and did little to develop a professional bureaucracy. The need for regular ...
iatrogenic

iatrogenic  

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adj. describing a condition or disease that has resulted from treatment and/or the actions of health-care professionals, for example an unforeseen or inevitable side-effect, hospital-acquired ...

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