Statistics - official and unofficial Modem societies, said Max Weber, are increasingly bureaucratic. One aspect of bureaucratic organisation is the keeping of written (now electronically stored?) records, including statistical records on citizens, clients, customers and so on. Many of these organisations are private, business or voluntary associations, for example. Many of them are official or semi-official, either departments of government at central or local levels or organisations partly or wholly financed or set up by government, such as the Commission for Racial Equality or the Sports Council.