noun (plural bureaucracies)[mass noun]
- 1A system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives.More example sentences
- It also reduces the links between social democracy and overbearing bureaucracy.
- He surveys the continued break-up and decline in influence of the old social democratic bureaucracy and predicts that reaction will benefit.
- In this case the people are circus performers, not very good ones, and the system is the Communist bureaucracy of Czechoslovakia.
- 1.1 [count noun] A state or organization governed or managed as a bureaucracy.More example sentences
- Virtually all corporations and government bureaucracies are dictatorships.
- This is one of the big problems with bureaucracies, especially as regards long-seated civil organizations.
- Such automatic feedback mechanisms are one of the primary reasons why markets perform so much better than public sector bureaucracies.
- 1.2 [count noun] The officials in a bureaucracy, considered as a group or hierarchy.More example sentences
- The labour bureaucracies could no longer combine their defence of the profit system with the advocacy of limited social reforms.
- There are, of course, a chief executive's policies, which are executed by a staff and attending bureaucracies.
- The other prop for the Labour leadership is the union bureaucracies, the full time officials at the top of the hierarchy.
- 2Excessively complicated administrative procedure: the unnecessary bureaucracy in local governmentMore example sentences
- Many things in India are complex because of massive bureaucracy, protocol and procedure.
- There is no overbearing bureaucracy or complicated rules.
- The unit will tackle unnecessary paperwork and reduce bureaucracy.
early 19th century: from French bureaucratie, from bureau (see bureau).