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A POLITICAL SYSTEM DEFINES ITS BUREAUCRACY: That the Philippine government has consistently failed in satisfying the needs and growing expectations of the Filipino people is a fact rather than a perception. What is widely perceived however, is that such failure of government is only due to the inefficiency of its bureaucracy to produce and deliver public goods and services. To accept the perception that the inefficiency of the bureaucracy is the main culprit in the failu re of government is to grant the dichotomization of the orientation of governance and the administration of its affairs. The form and substance of the bureaucracy as the main machinery of government is heavily defined by the latter's policies and politics. It cannot be expected to produce and deliver goods and services corresponding to the needs of the people if the policies of government are antipeople. In the same manner that the bureaucracy cannot operate differently and independently of the ills of th e Philippine political system. A political system is based on its economic foundation thus it is beyond doubt that economic power makes political power. In a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society such as the Philippines, it is easy to conclude that the fo reign investors, their local counterparts such as the big compradors and landlords, who are the main players in the economy, control the state thru their cohorts in government. That it is their business, to effectively manage the affairs of the bureaucrac y as a means and source of graft and corruption for further self-aggrandizement and their perpetuation in power. The basic issue of the misprioritization and misutilization of the national budget clearly represents that the business of governance depends on the interests of the power holders rather than the people they govern. The coming of the public debt aspect in the 80s worsens the misprioritization of government's annual budget in favor of foreign debt payment allocations and is... Max Weber¶s work on Bureaucracy focuses on the formation of a large, structured, and impersonal organization that will influence the lives of everyone born in the modern era we are in. The formal organization concept is the skeleton of Weber¶s Bureaucracy. As an introduction there three different types of formal organization: there is the voluntary type where in the sense that people may freely join them or withdraw from them like religious movements, professional associations and political parties. Some are coercive, in the sense that people are forced to join them like primary level schooling or prisons. Other organizations are utilitarian which is probably very important in a capitalist world since people enter these types of organization to join a business in order to earn a living. Bureaucracy is the response to the problem posed by larger and more complex formal organization because an extensive organization will need a form of order of the ranks or chain of command to coordinate the activities of its members. Bureaucracy provides a hierarchical authority structure that is supposed to operate under certain rules and procedures. Understanding bureaucracy is the key to the analysis of formal organizations. The word ³bureaucracy´ connotes negative images in everyday speech. It usually brings to mind images of, ³red tape´ or ³buck passing´ where the organization requires forms in triplicate; files are often lost, incorrect statements of accounts, and the inability to respond to inquiries. Yet even though ³bureaucracy´ is often linked to the word ³inefficiency´ from the view of the individual, it has strived for the simple reason that it is the most efficient means ever devised of making a large scale organization work.

where the higher office supervises the lower office. The ways in which it functions are that there are fixed areas with certain rules. but not always. The office stands behind. sometimes the result of it is good but more often than not. It works like a machine. education. Once bureaucracy is set in place.. you have an office hierarchical structure. and works his way up to the top of the positions. This person sometimes gets tenure for life. and many hours in the field. It is like a big chain reaction. . There is usually one person in charge of it all.. bureaucracy plays a large part in the operation of our government office from the national level to the local. Bureaucracy has outlived any other way of setting things up is due to the speed. When you have bureaucracy. The person in charge does not have a job. bureaucracy is corrupted by the officials or the.. and having a secure place in office. This person usually starts at the bottom. These human emotions take away from the calculations that bureaucracy brings with it. Bureaucracy is a type of administration that is characterized by specialization. The true bureaucracy has no human emotions attached with it. when someone at the top puts something into motion. which is distributed evenly within the set jurisdiction.In the Philippines. if one part of the machine breaks down. The authority to give commands is given in a fair manner. there are common ways in which it functions. because it puts community action into place with societies actions. but in other words a duty. they also get a fixed salary that usually comes with an old age pension.. but rather an idea such as a cultural belief. or laws that are governed by an administration. it has a rippling effect and is felt right down at the bottom of the chain. precision. unity. it all needs to get. professionalism. it is one of the hardest to destroy. then up the salary ladder. and knowledge of files that it brings with it. or standpoint. if not position wise. such as love and hatred. Within the bureaucratic structure. This person must have a considerable amount of training. not a person like in the old days. The more that bureaucracy is dehumanized the better chance it has of it being successful.

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