The ICAO, a bureaucracy with 191 members, is neither of those things.
Depressing is really what Cuba has become—repression, bureaucracy, and crippling poverty.
In other words, what was once a matter of law, however imperfect, is now a matter of bureaucracy.
Only in bureaucracy or horror movies do people get in trouble for compelling acts of kindness.
They have to contend with a bewildering Washington bureaucracy.
Sun believed that democracy would effectuate the filtering, allowing long-range revision from outside the bureaucracy.
It is but fair to say that venality is not one of the characteristics of the German bureaucracy.
The bureaucracy has been against us, as it is natural they would be against us, as it is natural they should be against us.
Even if the bureaucracy were omniscient, such a condition of life would be intolerable.
After the election of the Third Duma the bureaucracy grew ever bolder.
1818, from French bureaucratie, coined by French economist Jean Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay (1712-1759) on model of democratie, aristocratie, from bureau "office," literally "desk" (see bureau) + Greek suffix -kratia denoting "power of" (see -cracy).
That vast net-work of administrative tyranny ... that system of bureaucracy, which leaves no free agent in all France, except for the man at Paris who pulls the wires. [J.S. Mill, "Westminster Review" XXVIII, 1837]
bureaucrat, &c. The formation is so barbarous that all attempt at self-respect in pronunciation may perhaps as well be abandoned. [Fowler]
A formal, hierarchical organization with many levels in which tasks, responsibilities, and authority are delegated among individuals, offices, or departments, held together by a central administration. According to many sociologists and anthropologists, the development of bureaucratic organizations is necessary for the emergence of any modern civilization. (See Max Weber.)
Note: Today, the term bureaucracy suggests a lack of initiative, excessive adherence to rules and routine, red tape, inefficiency, or, even more serious, an impersonal force dominating the lives of individuals. (See Big Brother is watching you.)