The Impact of the Theory of Max Weber on Bureaucracy to our Present Day

Civic Review· VOL 17. Special Issue, 2021, 218–240., DOI: 10.24307/psz.2021.0016

Prof. Dr. György Jenei, Doctor of the MTA, Professor Emeritus, Corvinus University of Budapest (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


The study highlights the role of Weber’s family background in his young academic career. It then details one prominent theme in Weber’s multifaceted and defining history of influence, which is the impact of Weber’s theory of bureaucracy on modern public policy and organizational theory. The study details the varied impact of Weber’s theory of bureaucracy. The study also focuses on simplifications, misunderstandings, effects that facilitate debates, and critical moments. The paper also focuses on the impact of Weber's theory on the history of the Hungarian public administration, with its disabilities and distortions. It discusses the influence, as well as the role of Weber's theory in the public policy approach.

Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) codes: B00, H00, Z13
Keywords: goal rationality and bureaucracy, anxious approach on the perspective of capitalism, legalism and managerialism, Hungarian impact