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Cages of Reason : The Rise of the Rational State in France, Japan, the United States, and Great Britain - Bernard S. Silberman

Cages of Reason

The Rise of the Rational State in France, Japan, the United States, and Great Britain

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780226757377
Number Of Pages: 500

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Blending political, historical, and sociological analysis, Bernard S. Silberman offers a provocative explanation for the bureaucratic development of the modern state. The study of modern state bureaucracy has its origins in Max Weber's analysis of the modes of social domination, which Silberman takes as his starting point.
Whereas Weber contends that the administration of all modern nation-states would eventually converge in one form characterized by rationality and legal authority, Silberman argues that the process of bureaucratic rationalization took, in fact, two courses. One path is characterized by permeable organizational boundaries and the allocation of information by "professionals." The other features well-defined boundaries and the allocation of information by organizational rules. Through case studies of France, Japan, the United States, and Great Britain, Silberman demonstrates that this divergence stems from differences in leadership structure and in levels of uncertainty about leadership succession in the nineteenth century.
Silberman concludes that the rise of bureacratic rationality was primarily a response to political problems rather than social and economic concerns. "Cages of Reason" demonstrates how rationalization can have occurred over a wide range of cultures at various levels of economic development. It will be of considerable interest to readers in a number of disciplines: political science, sociology, history, and public administration.
"Silberman has produced an invaluable, densely packed work that those with deep knowledge of public administrative development will find extremely rewarding." --David H. Rosenbloom, "American Political Science Review"
"An erudite, incisive, and vibrant book, the product of intensive study and careful reflection. Given its innovative theoretical framework and the wealth of historical materials contained in it, this study will generate debate and stimulate research in sociology, political science, and organizational theory. It is undoubtedly the best book on the comparative evolution of the modern state published in the last decade."--Mauro F. Guillen, "Contemporary Sociology"

Preface
Introduction
Bureaucratic Structure as a Contingent Problem
Organization Theory and Bureaucratic Structure
Political Uncertainty, Leadership Succession, and the Modes of Administration
The Strategies of Uncertainty
Strategies of High Uncertainty France
Revolutionary Change and Structural Ambiguity: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Transformations
The Post-Napoleonic Period Japan
The Meiji Restoration as the Revolutionary Moment
The Resolution of Revolutionary Uncertainty and the Imperial State
Strategies of Low Uncertainty The United States
Political Parties, Patronage, and Administration
Political Leadership, Party Contestation, and Reform: 1865-1925 Great Britain
Parliament, the Crown, and the Problem of Patronage
Patronage, Representation, and Administrative Reform
"The Efficient Secret": Administrative Rationalization and the Executive
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226757377
ISBN-10: 0226757374
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75