I have nothing against bureaucracy per se.In fact, bureaucracy in motion, when things happen within a bureaucracy, is sign that things are going well. It is when it is stalled, when things stop happening or working within a bureaucracy is where you should be careful.
More often than not, it is stalled on purpose. Someone doesn't want things to work or to happen. They don't want thing to go on record or don't want to make the decision that will make the bureaucracy work again. The more blatant corruption is where someone wants something in return to make bureaucracy work again..
Bureaucracy is like a machine in a box that you put something into it, you get something out. Just like a vending machine. If it doesn't give what its supposed to, it called broken.
So don't blame bureaucracy. Look for the broken parts, the people stopping it from doing its job.