Red Tape, Its Origins, Uses, and Abuses
Brookings Institution Press, 1977 - 100 pages
Most people talk about red tape as thought it were some kind of loathsome disease or the deliberate product of a group of evil conspirators or the result of bureaucratic stupidity and inertia. It is rarely discussed rationally, dispassionately, and analytically; most of us rage about it when it comes up. In this book, Kaufman attempts a detached examination of the subject to find out why something so universally detested flourishes so widely and enjoys such powers of endurance.
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Object of Loathing
Too Many Constraints
Of Our Own Making
How Compassion Spawns Red Tape
Representativeness and Its Consequences
Diversity Distrust and Democracy
Rewinding the Spools
The Fruitless Quest for General Remedies
Death Taxes and Red Tape
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