Discipline: Political Science

Ideology of organizational power.

Organizations, both public and private, are best run when power is exercised hierarchically by managers who are distinct from the producers of goods or the providers of services, but have general power to dispose of the organization's resources.

Managerialism is thus a late 20th-century flexible mutation from the theory of bureaucracy, and is in opposition to theories of collegialism.

James Burnham, The Managerial Revolution (London, 1941)


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