Formal Rationalization

Howard G. Brown

in War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198205425
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676628 | DOI:
Formal Rationalization

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This chapter examines the role of the French Revolution in reforming the French state through democracy and bureaucracy. These reforms were achieved between 1792 and 1799 when bureaucracy's role shifted from being a strictly executive tool to being a source of continuity, stability, and even legitimacy for the state. All of this was made possible by the people's acceptance of national sovereignty, representative democracy, and legal-rational authority as the bases of state power.

Keywords: French Revolution; democracy; bureaucracy; political reform; France; national sovereignty; political history

Chapter.  10477 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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