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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic StatePolitics and Army Administration in France, 1791–1799$
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Colin Burrow

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.001.0001

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Formal Rationalization

Formal Rationalization

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(p.265) 10 Formal Rationalization
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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State
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Howard G. Brown

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.003.0011

This chapter examines the role of the French Revolution in reforming the French state through democracy and bureaucracy. These reforms were achieved between 1792 and 1799 when bureaucracy's role shifted from being a strictly executive tool to being a source of continuity, stability, and even legitimacy for the state. All of this was made possible by the people's acceptance of national sovereignty, representative democracy, and legal-rational authority as the bases of state power.

Keywords:   French Revolution, democracy, bureaucracy, political reform, France, national sovereignty, political history

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