Laskumata bürokraatia-terminoloogia keerdkäikudesse, siis siinviidatu võiks huvi pakkuda nii politseinikele, politseijuhtidele kui poliitikakujundajatele, sest ilmutab ratsionaalsusepüüu irratsionaalset külge.


The origins of the present study began from a simple observation: police paperwork is often an irrational process. […] Impaired driving, it was found, can require an officer to fill out 16 different forms, many of which are related to legal and court purposes, others for use by private insurers or government agencies. Domestic violence calls can require officers to complete up to 13 forms that similarly reveal a mix of audiences and uses.


Ritzer’s (1993) influential book, The McDonaldization of Society, applies Max Weber’s (1903, 1921, 1925) theories of modern bureaucracy and rationality to aspects of contemporary living. Notably, Ritzer adopts and expands Weber’s (1905) famous warning that, within capitalist societies, we are increasingly finding ourselves living within ‘iron cages’ – rational, impersonal spaces that value efficiency, rationality, and bureaucratic controls over autonomy and individuality. […] ‘McDonaldization’: ‘efficiency’ (proficient and productive completion of tasks); ‘calculability’ (ability to produce quantifiable results for analysis); ‘predictability’ (ensuring that processes and outcomes remain the same over time); ‘control’ (replacing autonomous and fallible humans with technology).

Surve ratsionaalsusele:

Police managers are increasingly expected to implement policies and procedures that emphasize fiscal responsibility, accountability, standardisation of processes, performance measures, and competitiveness, explaining the increasing need for controls over employee performance (McLaughlin and Murji 2001).

Surve efektiivsusele:

As may be recalled, efficiency refers to the most competent or optimal method for achieving a task. Modern police organisations, especially those adhering to the tenets of NPM, are constantly seeking increased efficiencies.

Surve ennustatavusele:

To illustrate the concept of predictability as an organisational concern, Ritzer (1993) uses the example of McDonald’s fast-food restaurants, which are consciously developed to look very similar, rely on the same ordering process, and typically feature many of the same staple items on its menus wherever you are in the world.

“Vabadus on hea, kontroll veel parem!” (mõista-mõista, kellele seda ütlust omistatakse)

Establishing processes to control operations is intended to ensure the effective delivery of efficient services or products through limiting errors.

Ratsionaalsuspüüde irratsionaalsuse näide:

Perhaps the single best example of the ‘irrationality of rationality’ in relation to police data collection is the significant amount of duplication and triplication that occurs as a result of demands that fall under the twin umbrellas of ‘calculability’ and ‘predictability’.

Huey, L., Ferguson, L., & Koziarski, J. (2021). The irrationalities of rationality in police data processes. Policing and Society, 1-16.