Sociologist Max Weber: A Representative Bureaucracy As A Plural Society

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Sociologist Max Weber’s statement that bureaucracy is the distinctive mark of the modern era clearly describes a bureaucratic type of structure now intrinsic in public sector organizations. This type of structure which has been termed by theorist J. Donald Kingsley (1949) as a "Representative Bureaucracy", basically speaks of public workforces that are representative of the people in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender. In other words, a Representative Bureaucracy, is more or less "an assessment and reconstruction of public sector organizations for the sole purpose of ensuring that all groups in society are equally represented" (Duada, 1990). Thus, in relation to this definition and many other similar constructs, one can clearly see why that which is necessary in ensuring that the interests of all groups are considered in the bureaucratic decision-making processes of public sector organizations, has and continues to be the bedrock of diverse societies such as Trinidad and Tobago, which due to its historical background is considered to be a "Plural Society"; that is a society in which people of different ethnic groups come together but do not combine as each group hold its own religion, its own culture and its own ideas and ways of life. Not only is this representative system of bureaucracy a force that shapes modern day technology and sets the foundation for operations within public sector forums, but it also holds much significance to this sector despite the few counter

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