Written assignment – Case study report on bureaucracy
This case study presents the story of Kristin Lardner, a 21 years old art student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend Michael Cartier. Kristin was physically abused by her ex-boyfriend and ended up being stalked by her ex-boyfriend and then shot to death. Michael Cartier had a criminal record for breaking, entering, attempted arson, animal cruelty, assault and probation violation and he displayed a conduct disorder from an early age. Before Kristin, Cartier dated Rose Ryan and he was also physically abusive to her as he was to Kristin. Rose Ryan filled a restraining order against Cartier and he was senteced to one year and three months in prison, but he completed only six months.
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Also, the fact that they didn’t put Cartier back in prison because they were experiencing some sort of overcrowding problems with their prisons proves the fact that the bureaucratic system had some failures.
I think that the most important reason that caused the breakdown of the system was the lack of communications between different departments of the public service. In this particular case the fact that Cartier wasn’t put in prison and he managed to trick the system to work in his favour when the court didn’t know if he attended the counseling sessions, because if they knew I think that they would have given Cartier a more suited punishment.
Webber’s conceptualization of bureaucracy was formed on the idea that the bureaucracy holds the central role in ordering and controlling modern society. The perfect system is based on rules and they are very precise and the system tries to achieve the common goal. In real world experience his principles and his ideal concept are not put in practice. In real world the bureaucratic system is slow and inefficient and sometimes it leads to tragedies.
According to Webber the only way for a modern society to operate effectively is by organizing expertly traiend, functional specialists in bureaucracies. Nowadays this concept is not entirely true because most of the public servants are not always promoted based on the merit system. They all follow the strict set of rules but this makes the process slower and the fact that they use written files just makes it harder. I think bureaucracy is though indispensable for the modern society and makes the human activity more organized. Bureaucracy with all it’s failures is necessary to maintain order and to maximize efficiency.