The Parkinson Law

parkinson lawI learned about the Parkinson law in my early year at school in Britain. I encountered the law again when I took the subject public policy making and administration during my first university year.  It is an interesting law and it hope you will find humoring if not useful:



“Parkinson’s Law” could be generalized further still as:

The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource.

An extension is often added to this, stating that:

The reverse is not true.

This generalization has become very similar to the economic law of demand; that the lower the price of a service or commodity, the greater the quantity demanded.

Some define Parkinson’s Law in regard to time as:

The amount of time which one has to perform a task is the amount of time it will take to complete the task.parkinson law 3


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