Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":UPDATE: I suppose a corollary would be that the longer an organization has existed, the greater is the dominance of the second group (the administrators) over the first group (the doers.)
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy
From Jerry Pournelle