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The process by which formal social organizations take on the characteristics of a bureaucracy. Central to this process is the formalization, standardization, and impersonalization of rules, regulations (laws), and hierarchy. As Weber has pointed out, this type of social organization is especially useful to the money economy and nationality of the modern age. Bureaucratic social organization typifies modern industrial corporations, governments, labor unions, and educational, health, and military organizations. See rationalization.

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