Budget-Maximization Theory

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of bureaucracy.

Bureaucrats will seek to expand the budgets of their departments, irrespective of what their formal political commitments or personal ambitions may be.

This will lead them both to expand the numbers of their staff and the volume of their funds and facilities, and to extend or develop the areas over which they have responsibility.

Also see: PARKINSON'S LAW

Source:
Patrick Dunleavy, Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice (London, 1991)

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