Parkinson, C. Northcote

Parkinson, C. Northcote

▪ British historian and author
in full  Cyril Northcote Parkinson  
born July 30, 1909, Barnard Castle, Durham, Eng.
died March 9, 1993, Canterbury

      British historian, author, and formulator of “Parkinson's Law,” the satiric dictum that “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” A relatively obscure academic prior to the enunciation of his “law,” which first appeared in an essay in the London Economist in 1955, Parkinson later devised a second law, “Expenditure rises to meet income,” detailed in The Law and the Profits (1960).

      After receiving a Ph.D. in history from Kings College, London, in 1935, Parkinson taught at various schools in England and, from 1950 to 1958, in Malaya (now Malaysia). He based his comments regarding the nature of bureaucracy on his experiences as a British army staff officer during World War II. Administrators make work for each other, he said, so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige. His second law was intended as a jibe at government functionaries, who he thought were inclined to expand their own ranks indefinitely, so long as taxes could be raised. Written in a deadpan but mercilessly funny style, Parkinson's Economist essays were issued in book form in Parkinson's Law, or The Pursuit of Progress (1958). Apart from the books that made him famous, Parkinson wrote numerous historical works, including the critically acclaimed The Evolution of Political Thought (1958).

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  • Parkinson, C Northcote — ▪ 1994       British historian (b. July 30, 1909, Barnard Castle, Durham, England d. March 9, 1993, Canterbury, Kent, England), formulated Parkinson s Law, the oft repeated dictum Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.… …   Universalium

  • Parkinson-Gesetz — Die parkinsonschen Gesetze sind in der Soziologie zwei Lehrsätze, die von Cyril Northcote Parkinson nach den folgenden Beobachtungen humorvoll formuliert wurden: Arbeit dehnt sich in genau dem Maß aus, wie Zeit für ihre Erledigung zur Verfügung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Parkinson — noun 1. British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909 1993) • Syn: ↑C. Northcote Parkinson, ↑Cyril Northcote Parkinson • Instance Hypernyms: ↑historian, ↑historiographer 2. English surgeon (1755 1824) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parkinson — is a surname, and may refer to:* Cecil Parkinson (born 1931), Baron Parkinson of Carnforth, British politician * C. Northcote Parkinson (1909 ndash;1993), historian and author who formulated Parkinson s Law * Dave Parkinson * Dian Parkinson (born …   Wikipedia

  • Parkinson — steht für: Parkinson Krankheit, eine langsam fortschreitende neurologische Erkrankung Parkinsonsches Gesetz, Lehrsätze über das Verhalten von Verwaltungen Parkinson ist der Familienname bekannter Personen: Bradford W. Parkinson (* 1935), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Parkinson (desambiguación) — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Esta página trata del apellido, para la enfermedad del mismo nombre véase: Enfermedad de Parkinson. Parkinson es un apellido compartido por diferentes personajes históricos: Cecil Parkinson (n 1931), Baron Parkinson… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Parkinson's Law — 1955 (in the Economist of Nov. 19), named for its deviser, British historian and journalist Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909 1993): work expands to fill the time available for its completion …   Etymology dictionary

  • Parkinson — (izg. pȁrkinson) DEFINICIJA 1. Cyril Northcote (1909 1993), engleski povjesničar i publicist, autor tzv. Parkinsonovih zakona, v. (u knjizi Zakon i profit, 1960), kojima ironično definira paradokse suvremene ekonomije 2. James (1755 1824),… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Parkinson's Law — [pär′kin sənz] n. [propounded by C. Northcote Parkinson (1909 93), Brit economist] any of several satirical statements expressed as economic laws, as one to the effect that work expands to fill the time allotted to it …   English World dictionary

  • Parkinson's law — Not to be confused with Parkinson s Law of Triviality. Parkinson s law is the adage first articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955:[1][2] “ …   Wikipedia

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