Politics is about Power, he tells us: "It is in the pursuit of Utopia that the aggrandizers of state power find their most effective ally.
"It is in the pursuit of Utopia." de Jouvenel writes, "that the aggrandizers of state power find their most effective ally, [for] only an immensely powerful apparatus can do all that the preachers of panacea government promise." Hayek, however, was engaged, much more so than de Jouvenel, in a debate on economic planning including Ludwig von Mises (a pupil of Eugen Bohm-Bawerk).
The themes that bureaucrats are budget maximizers and policy aggrandizers are familiar ones in the public administration literature (Niskanen, 1971; Miller, 1987).
Although the bureaucrats expressed a desire to exercise more influence for themselves, they were not the policy aggrandizers that we are commonly led to believe.