Max Weber, a German political economist, legal historian, and sociologist, had an impact on the social sciences that is difficult to overestimate. According to a widely held view, he was the founder of the modern way of conceptualizing society and thus the modern social sciences. His major interest was the process of rationalization, which characterizes Western civilization---what he called the "demystification of the world." This interest led him to examine the three types of domination or authority that characterize hierarchical relationships: charismatic, traditional, and legal. It also led him to the study of bureaucracy; all of the world's major religions; and capitalism, which he viewed as a productof the Protestant ethic. With his contemporary, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim---they seem not to have known each other's work---he created modern sociology.
C. Wright Mills, an American sociologist, was one of the most controversial social scientists of the mid-twentieth century. He considered himself a rebel against both the academic establishment and American society in general, and he rarely tried to separate his radical ideas from his teaching and writing. Irving Louis Horowitz summarized much of Mills's ideas in the subtitle of his biography of him: An American Utopian. Mill's most traditional sociological study is The Puerto Rican Journey. His most direct attack on his colleagues in sociology is The Sociological Imagination (1959) (which he found left much to be desired). His most ideological work is The Power Elite (1956), an attempt to explain the overall power structure of the United States. Mills thought that the dominant "value-free" methodology of American sociology was an ideological mask, hiding values that he did not share. According to his younger colleague Immanuel Wallerstein, Mills was essentially a utopian reformer who thought that knowledge properly used could bring about a better society.
Essay on Max Weber's Theory of Bureaucracy
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“Public administration entails civil servants implementing a specified policy within the confines of a government executive framework. Public administrators ensure that every facet of federal, state, and local public services are offered and executed to help pave the way for the future.” (Public) More simply stated public administration deals with the mechanics of the government, and works to create a more efficient system from which one is operate in the most optimal and proficient way. Public administration deals with departments across the bored with a majority of them being bureaucratic organizations. Public administration works with Non-governmental organizations or NGO’s, they work with cities to improve performance, and ensure…show more content…
He was born to a wealthy Anglo-American family who gained most of their money in the linen industry. Weber’s father was a politician who eventually joined a group called National Liberal, which moved the family over to Berlin. As a result of his fathers career Weber was constantly bumping elbows with numerous intellectuals, such as politicians and scholars. However it was Weber’s mother, and her side of the family that really influenced the course of Weber’s life. Helena Weber was raised as a Calvinist Orthodox, as well as a sociologist.(NEEDHAM, 2000) However the strong Puritan morality she had attained remained intact. As a result of Weber’s father’s career paired with a personality that demanded obedience Helene Weber felt very disconnected with her husband. This disconnect lead to what can be looked at a little rift within the family Weber’s father wasn’t to keen of his in-laws which comes into play further on in Weber’s life. Weber first enrolled into school at the University of Heidelberg in 1882, where he then interrupted his studies to fulfill his year of military service at Strassburg.(NEEDHAM, 2000) It was at this time that Weber spent a large amount of his time with his mother’s side of the family, where he meet Hermann Baumgarten. Baumgarten was a historian who greatly effected Weber’s intellectual development. However Weber’s father disapproved of this friendship, and once Weber completed his