The Internet has already profoundly changed our economic
and social world. Th e developments we have seen so far are
just a beginning. If today’s Internet is a crucial element of our
economy – the future Internet will play an even more vital
role in every conceivable business process. It will become
the productivity tool “par excellence”. Th e Internet itself
is a fantastic tool for connecting people together into an
enormous social networking project.
Th e cultures and values governing the Internet have changed.
The past three decades have seen extraordinary changes in views concerning
the traumatization of children in our society. Attitudes of both mental health
professionals and the public moved from virtual denial of the existence and eff ects of
child abuse in the 1970s to an almost fervid preoccupation with these issues in the 1980s.
The Pacific Ocean isn’t just the deepest and largest ocean.
It is also home to one of the world’s most amazing natural
wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. Located off of the
northeastern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
is 210 separate coral reefs that stretch for more
than 1,260 miles (2,028 kilometers) around
northern Australia. Th e Great Barrier Reef is
full of some of the most amazing, beautiful, and
deadly sea creatures on the planet, including the
Irukandji jellyfi sh and the great white shark....
Fifteen years have passed since the publication of the fi rst edition of the Handbook of Bureaucracy
in 1994. Given that this period has been marked by an intense global movement of antibureaucracy,
antigovernment, and antipublic service and administration, the following questions are
quite natural: Why do we need another book on bureaucracy now? Does bureaucracy still matter?
Th e answer to these challenging questions is that despite this intense negative attitude toward
bureaucracy, global interest in the fi rst edition of this book has been overwhelming.
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