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Max Weber

Obedience training in action

How did Woof Woof the dog manage to tie up at least half a dozen government officials, generate an impressive clutch of signed and countersigned reports, as well as accompanying photographs, photocopies and telecoms traffic?

Saturday, 18 December, 2010, 12:00am

Missed opportunities

The list of ideas for revitalising the Hong Kong economy, the product of Donald Tsang's Yam-kuen's Task Force on Economic Challenges, made depressing reading for two reasons. First, the good ideas in it have been bandied around for years without being implemented. Second, the assumption is that the government should do more, rather than less, to stimulate desired sectors.

30 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Braced against the winds of change

Our self-regarding bureaucracy likes to imagine that a lack of democracy somehow brings more efficient, decisive government. That is a conceit shared by authoritarian governments everywhere, but it seldom stands up to scrutiny. The record shows that elected governments are far less likely than unelected ones to defend the status quo.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Axing dead wood may not stop bureaucratic rot

The new year has brought renewed pledges from Beijing to clean up the mainland's bloated bureaucracy, which provides a fertile breeding ground for corruption.

28 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Rule book not always right

NGO Van Ha's battle for simple justice and humanity has ended happily. The 16-year-old orphan had faced the prospect of being sent back to Vietnam and to a family which could not, or would not, care for him. But yesterday the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced that Ha would be allowed to go to the United States, where he has relatives who want him.

24 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Looking at bureaucracies from both sides

IF YOU want to see a Jekyll/Hyde side to my personality, get me talking about bureaucracies. I probably go back and forth on the subject more than anything else I do as a manager.

24 Oct 1993 - 12:00am