Bureaucracy In George Orwell's '1984'

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In the book 1984, George Orwell describes how the government of Oceania is formed by four ministries: The ministry of truth in charge of false propaganda, the ministry of love in charge of punishments, the ministry of plenty in charge of rationing and making sure scarcity is known, and the ministry of peace in charge of warfare, and the military. Perhaps, Orwell’s dystopia sounds distant: however, the irony of these ministries matches Easterly perception of aid, laissez-faire policies, and bureaucracy. In fact, Easterly effectively responds to his critics by emphasizing the importance of incentives to promote growth, by exemplifying successful and self-reliant cases around the world, and by addressing how bureaucracy hinders development. William…show more content…
Easterly says that “the rich have markets, the poor have bureaucrats” I agree. Bureaucracy plays the same role that luck plays: It could hit anyone, but it hits the poor harder. Bureaucracy has three main negative effects in the correct allocation of resources: a) Bureaucracy begets Corruption: The bureaucratic systems become so complicated, and populated that it makes easier for members of the apparatus to deviate the allocation of resources, b) Bureaucracy kills efficiency: Bureaucratic systems develops unimaginable numbers of branches that not just slow down the rapidness of the allocation of resources, but also kills the efficiency and sustainability of growth. For example, Venezuela, one of the most bureaucratic governments in the planet had 9 functional ministries by 1,998. Nowadays, Venezuela has 27 ministries, including some ministries such as Ministry of the Youth, and Ministry of the Supreme Happiness. This, shows how the inclement growth of the government size in allegiance with an increasing bureaucratic system makes nations slow, undeveloped, and inefficient in the allocation of its resources, c) Bureaucracy perpetuates problems: bureaucratic agencies receive budget according to the size of the issue they are addressing, and they owe their existence to such problems; the bigger the need, they bigger the bureau; therefore, there is not incentive to solve issues if that would mean the end of the

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