chapter  III
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Weber's ideal construction, for reasons we have discussed in the previous chapter, did not claim to be an empirical model or a theory of bureaucracy. It was only taking account of the rational aspects of administrative behaviour. Of course, Weber was aware of the one-sidedness of his type and of the necessity to compare the ideal with the real in order to understand organisational reality. But he did not proceed to the empirical study of the internal structure of bureaucracy and it was left to his followers to carryon the analysis on an empirical basis.