Why does the word "bureaucracy" have a negative connotation?

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Oct 14, 2016

Answer:

The word 'bureaucracy' is perceived as that branch of government that slows processes and implementation.

Explanation:

In most systems of democratic government, the bureaucracy is the executive branch of the government (the other two being the legislative comprising elected/nominated representatives, and the judiciary).

The bureaucracy is responsible for carrying out the legislative or judicial decisions. It has a system of rules and regulations that is often perceived to impede implementation as well as processes that are meant to enable a citizen access rights. Common terms that describe this are red-tape, paperwork, protocol, etc.