Monday, November 14, 2005

SSRN-Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy by Benjamin Barton

SSRN-Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy by Benjamin Barton: "This Essay examines what the Harry Potter series (and particularly the most recent book, The Half-Blood Prince) tells us about government and bureaucracy. There are two short answers. The first is that Rowling presents a government (The Ministry of Magic) that is 100% bureaucracy. There is no discernable executive or legislative branch, and no elections. There is a modified judicial function, but it appears to be completely dominated by the bureaucracy, and certainly does not serve as an independent check on governmental excess.

Second, government is controlled by and for the benefit of the self-interested bureaucrat."

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