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Title:Formal bureaucracy and the emergent forms of the informal economy PDF Logo
Authors:Hart, Keith
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/11
Abstract:The following essay has three parts. The first is a story about fluctuations in the balance of the relationship between impersonal and personal principles of social organization. This draws heavily on Max Weber’s interpretation of western history. The second part reviews the concept of an ‘informal economy/sector’ from its origin in discussions of the Third World urban poor to its present status as a universal feature of economy. The third part asks how we might conceive of combining the formal/informal pair with a view to promoting development. In conclusion I suggest how partnerships between bureaucracy and the people might be made more equal.
Subjects:social organization
development
bureaucracy
democracy
JEL:E26
O17
K11
B15
ISBN:9291906905
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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