chapter  10
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Bureaucratic development and the power of bureaucracy

This leads us back to the question: has the growth and increasing pervasiveness of bureaucracy (at least up to the most recent years), and will the probable further growth of bureaucracy in the near future spell an increase in its power as technocrats, and some Marxists have argued? Or has the growth of bureaucracy merely caused it to become fragmented and splintered, overloaded with pressures and demands, thus making it more and more vulnerable and barely allowing it a capacity to 'muddle through', as the pluralists have maintained? Could it be that bureaucracy is merely a self-inflating balloon with a large and growing volume, but little weight? And has its growth merely been 'Parkinson's Law' in operation?