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The New Bureaucracy: Waste and Folly in the Private Sector Herschel Hardin

The New Bureaucracy: Waste and Folly in the Private Sector

Herschel Hardin

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ISBN : 9780771039140
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366 pages
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Description from Herschel Harden .caBureaucracy. Until the appearance of this book it was the word for government red tape, for petty-minded civil servants, and for their needless complications and waste of taxpayers’ money. But with the publicationMoreDescription from Herschel Harden .caBureaucracy. Until the appearance of this book it was the word for government red tape, for petty-minded civil servants, and for their needless complications and waste of taxpayers’ money. But with the publication of The New Bureaucracy, that was no longer what bureaucracy meant. The definition was dramatically expanded by Herschel Hardin’s exposé of the extraordinary extent of wasteful, expensive, and foolish bureaucracy in the private sector.And like all entrenched bureaucracies, the New Bureaucracy hides behind an ideological screen – in its case, “free enterprise” – allowing for the perpetration of the waste, luxury and imposition of power.Among Hardin’s many targets are the paper-shuffling of the stock and money markets and the merry-go-round of corporate mergers and buyouts. He also scrutinizes the expensive make-work of lobbyists, consultants, and the peddlers of motivational seminars. And he examines the extravagant rewards and perks given to corporate executives, the outrageous costs of advertising to maintain market share, and the self-serving intrusion of corporations into the fields of sports and culture.The private sector, robed like an emperor in the garments of entrepreneurialism and competition, meets the commonsensical witness who points out what’s really on parade.The New Bureaucracy cuts through obfuscation and gobbledygook to expose the reality at the core. In the process, it explodes the greatest myth of our times – that the private sector is necessarily more frugal and many times more efficient than the public sector.Book talkThe New Bureaucracy is made up of several interrelated branches, each branch of which is given a chapter in the book. There’s the corporate branch (the runaway compensation of executives, the lobbyists, the pretensions), the paper entrepreneurialism branch (mergers and acquisitions), and so on. Of all of these chapters, however, the most important may be the ones that appear late in the book – the two on advertising and marketing, followed by the chapter on economists, think tanks and the media. These are the branches, with their “commissars,” that elaborate and entrench the ideological culture within which the New Bureaucracy flourishes.When The New Bureaucracy appeared, I wondered whether some of the bureaucratic excesses might abate. Merger and acquisition activity, for example, had leveled off at the beginning of the 1990s. I came to the conclusion, however, that the dynamics of entrenched bureaucracy would generate expansion regardless. This is what occurred. New waves of mergers and acquisitions put the takeovers and leveraged buyouts of the 1980s into the shadows, sensational as that earlier “M&A” wave seemed to be at the time, The advertising and marketing branch, similarly, became even more intrusive, pervasive, and spendthrift. And as for the “One Big Bureaucracy,” only briefly outlined in the closing chapter of the book – and more as a prediction than anything else – it happened in spades as the globalization of the 1990s progressed.Comments and Review ExtractsHerschel Hardins look behind the ideological screen of free enterprise may well be his best book yet.One of the most important books of our time.The Facts (Canadian Union of Public Employees)Herschel Hardin doesnt want to simply rock the boat. He wants to turn the boat around.B.C. BookworldHardin is as pungent and forceful as ever...an arsenal for Canadian social democrats.Douglas Fisher, Toronto SunA carefully reasoned and fully documented analysis...rips away the shroud of secrecy that hides the private sectors self-indulgence.Ed Finn, Canadian ForumMonstrous half-truths and distortions.Alberta ReportExtravagances in the private sector that make anything that happens in the public sector pale by comparison....a readable, essential and dismaying look into the dirty laundry-basket of the private sector.Walter Stewart, Toronto StarJust the right balance between empirical and anecdotal information...an authoritative yet entertaining narrative guaranteed to shock even the most ardent free enterpriser.David Baines, Vancouver SunYou will never think of the business world as you did [before] once you read Herschel Hardin.Niagara Falls ReviewAnother blast of Hardins fresh air...a humorous and insightful human being.OPSTF News (Ontario Public School Teachers Federation)Story after story of wasteful, foolish and unimaginable expensive practices.Economic Indicators (National Union of Public and General Employees)The jokes on us...strong stuff...read The New Bureaucracy if only to get your spleen going. It did mine.Rod Ziegler, Edmonton JournalThe New Bureaucracy is even better [than A Nation Unaware], and potentially far more important and useful.Kitchener-Waterloo RecordAll the distasteful and wasteful attributes traditionally ascribed go government functionaries. ... What he described can be summed up in one word       decadence.Calgary Herlad.Flaming darts, shotgun blasts and adder stings...a rock em, sock em affair. ... If North America were of a different culture, Herschel Hardin would become its Salman Rushdie.Saskatoon Star PhoenixA tough, new book...timely... What a lovely time Mr. Hardin has.Stevie Cameron, Globe and Mail