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Afterword: the utopianisation of bureaucracy

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Utopia, from the ancient Greek ‘ou‐topos’ (‘not a place’ or ‘nowhere’), quite literally refers to a place that is not there. Perhaps this emphasis on utopia as place is most starkly present in Thomas More’s 1516 Utopia which was an island. Bureaucracy, a combination of the French word bureau (desk or office) and the Greek word kratos (rule), also originated as a form of rule or political power that is embedded in place – a desk, an office. These two types of non‐places have, up until now, bee...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1111/1469-8676.12752

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
OSGA
Sub department:
Area Studies
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
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Volume:
28
Issue:
1
Pages:
112-120
Publication date:
2020-02-17
Acceptance date:
2020-01-08
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1469-8676
ISSN:
0964-0282
Language:
English
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uuid:aa981ef9-d15e-4bd6-8a9f-8aefa10bc7bc
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1073302
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2019-11-21

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