The US economist and writer Francis Fukuyama said about bureaucracy,
” Large, rigid bureaucracies, which sought to control everything….have been undermined by the shift towards a knowledge-based economy, which serves to “empower” individuals by giving them access to information.”
Other had the following to say about bureaucracy:
- Few great men could pass Personnel. – Paul Goodman, US educator and writer
- Gradually I contracted the chart fever. – Harvey Firestone, US Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber
- A committee is a cul-de-sac, down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. – Barnett Cocks, British author.
- The giant power wielded by pygmies. – Honoré de Balzac, French writer.
- A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. – Dean Acheson, US statesman.
And the US writer, sociologist and feminist Barbara Ehrenreich may still be hoping:
It seems to me that there must be an ecological limit to the number of paper pushers the earth can sustain.