How Max Weber defines bureaucracy


Essay question: Explain how Max Weber defines bureaucracy and outline the societal functions and dysfunctions of bureaucracies.
1500 words – please keep the essay between 1375 words to 1500. Word count is excluding titles, subheadings, reference list and in-text citations. Use HARVARD REFERENCING.
This essay will be based off an essay plan I’ve written. Please ensure you are using the essay plan I’ve uploaded to write this essay. I’ve made some errors in the essay plan that I have highlighted in yellow and noted in red.

You DO NOT have to use everything I’ve written in the essay plan – feel free to make changes but try to keep at least 70% of the essay plan in the essay (the main ideas).

I have already used 7 ACADEMIC SOURCES for my essay plan. Please use these, as well as a couple more for the final essay. These references have to be ACADEMIC. Please do not use any of the following examples:

1) Wikipedia
2) Sparknotes
3) Thoughtco
4) Cliffnotes
5) Lumenlearning
7) Wikipedia
8) Britannica
9) Tutor2u

You can make reference to newspaper articles to discuss real world examples relevant to your essay plan/essay question. However, this resource must be in addition to the academic resources. You may also use Australian Bureau of Statistics to support your essay.

Introduction (100-150 words):
• States the aim of your essay and tells the reader about your argument.
• States the theoretical perspectives you will be discussing (E.g. Functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism and/or Conflict theory).
• By reading your introduction, the reader should be able to understand exactly what the entire essay will be about (including what examples will be discussed, what theories will be analysed and what the overall argument/position will be).

Main body of the essay (1000-1300 words):
• Contains a set of various paragraphs which aims to develop your argument – It is essential to ensure that sentences and paragraphs follow logically from one another.
• Each paragraph in the body of your essay should: (1) Use a topic sentence, (2) contain developing sentences which extend on the topic sentence, (3) Use evidence/examples/references which support/relate to your argument; and (4) provide a concluding sentence which links the ideas expressed in the paragraph to answering the overall question. The best way to remember this structure is through ‘TEEL’
T – Topic Sentence
E – Elaborate
E – Example
L – Link

Conclusion (100-150 words):
• Your conclusion must draw together the key points of your argument.
• The conclusion needs to flow logically from the main body of the text, summarise your analysis and answer the set question.
• The conclusion should NOT introduce any new arguments or points.

Make sure that your work uses relevant evidence to back up your claims; e.g. referencing an academic resource to justify your claim or by explaining a relevant ‘real world’ example to back up your argument.

Make sure to avoid all informal or ‘conversational’ language. Remember an academic essay should be written with an appropriate academic tone.