Bureaucracy and Democracy in Local Government

Niels Ejersbo and James H. Svara

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Bureaucracy and Democracy in Local Government


This article examines how bureaucracy and democracy are manifested in local government. It analyses the changes since 1980 to determine whether bureaucracy is being replaced by new models of organization, on the one hand, or being transformed to add new elements and perspectives that coexist with traditional features. The article discusses developments in local government bureaucracy and how these changes have altered the way local government bureaucracies function today. It suggests that despite major changes, bureaucratic structures and hierarchies with traditional and modern elements remain a part of the local=government organization.

Keywords: bureaucracy; democracy; local government; bureaucratic structures; bureaucratic hierarchies

Article.  11996 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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