BUREAUCRACY RUNS AMUCK by Lawrence Sullivan

BUREAUCRACY RUNS AMUCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Criticism of governmental mismanagement for the inquiring, this is a survey of danger signals in the runaway federal bureaucratic expansion explained in terms of a ""planned economy"" becoming ""planned confusion"". The threat of muddled governmental controls to our victory program are underlined. Here is the picture of inefficiency, of divided authority, tangles in food, manpower, housing, printing, war contracts, labor, transportation, etc., etc., which lead inevitably to debt, inflation and bankruptcy. He shows the contrasts in Canada's successful handling of the same problem, in one chapter. Too bad this was not paralleled throughout. An indictment of the unlimited emergency powers of the bureaus, of their divided authority and overlapping fields, of the excessive growth of the bureaus and their mismanagement, and an indication of the corrective action needed. With figures of over 3,300,000 on the civil payroll of the government, of 46 lines of business activity and 77 economic pursuits in which government is involved, this emphasizes the breakdown of the necessary protective mechanisms, governmental inability to handle practical needs. Sections of this have appeared in Atlantic, Current History, Forbes Magazine, Nation's Business, American Mercury, Readers' Digest, N.Y. Times Magazine. A book to give aid and comfort to the enemy of the administration.

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill