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Parkinson’s Law, an observation advanced by the British civil servant

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Parkinson’s Law, an observation advanced by the British civil servant C. Northcote Parkinson, for whom it is named, posits that bureaucracies expand to fill the space available for their expansion. One of Parkinson’s principal pieces of evidence for his Law was the remarkable growth of the British Colonial Office, whose staff continued to swell as the British colonies weakened, and which actually attained its greatest size and influence at the precise moment the British colonial empire collapsed.

Which of the following does NOT illustrate a phenomenon similar to those covered by Parkinson’s Law?

A. The demand for military research tends to correlate positively with the amount of money governments allot to the military each year.

B. The bigger the pie that my aunt bakes, the more of my relatives show up to eat it.

C. Many prominent Hollywood sitcom writers attest that the time it takes to script an episode is dictated by the time a studio provides them to script that episode.

D. Parkinson’s coefficient of inefficiency further predicts that the efficiency of an administrative body decreases in proportion to the number of members added to it.

E. Most professional athletes remark that the amount of money required to sustain their families, image, and lifestyle grows as their income over the course of their careers.

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Parkinson’s Law, an observation advanced by the British civil servant C. Northcote Parkinson, for whom it is named, posits that bureaucracies expand to fill the space available for their expansion. One of Parkinson’s principal pieces of evidence for his Law was the remarkable growth of the British Colonial Office, whose staff continued to swell as the British colonies weakened, and which actually attained its greatest size and influence at the precise moment the British colonial empire collapsed.

Which of the following does NOT illustrate a phenomenon similar to those covered by Parkinson’s Law?

A. The demand for military research tends to correlate positively with the amount of money governments allot to the military each year.

B. The bigger the pie that my aunt bakes, the more of my relatives show up to eat it.

C. Many prominent Hollywood sitcom writers attest that the time it takes to script an episode is dictated by the time a studio provides them to script that episode.

D. Parkinson’s coefficient of inefficiency further predicts that the efficiency of an administrative body decreases in proportion to the number of members added to it.

E. Most professional athletes remark that the amount of money required to sustain their families, image, and lifestyle grows as their income over the course of their careers.

Hi,
Since we are looking for same/different phenomenon, lets see what does the para follow..

A gap/space created due to some reasons is filled up by that thing

lets see the choices..
A. The demand for military research tends to correlate positively with the amount of money governments allot to the military each year.
Follows the principle.. demand increases with increase in money allotted

B. The bigger the pie that my aunt bakes, the more of my relatives show up to eat it.
Follows the principle again.. the bigger the pie, more the people to feed on it

C. Many prominent Hollywood sitcom writers attest that the time it takes to script an episode is dictated by the time a studio provides them to script that episode.
Follows the principle again.. more the time provided, more is the time taken

D. Parkinson’s coefficient of inefficiency further predicts that the efficiency of an administrative body decreases in proportion to the number of members added to it.
DOES NOT follow .. more the number , lesser the efficiency.. speaaks almost teh opposite of the principle

E. Most professional athletes remark that the amount of money required to sustain their families, image, and lifestyle grows as their income over the course of their careers.
Follows the principle again.. more the income, more the money requred for the same purpose

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Re: Parkinson’s Law, an observation advanced by the British civil servant  [#permalink]

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21 Sep 2017, 09:52

In Illustrate the Principle questions, start by making a checklist of the elements in the Principle itself:
typically, the correct answer must have all the same elements. In our case, the principle is “if the space for something expands, that thing will expand to fill the extra space,” so to illustrate the principle we need two things:
1) something expanding or growing, and
2) something else expanding to fill it.

A, B, C, and E all feature both those elements, so they illustrate the principle.

D features a different metric (efficiency) DECREASING, the opposite of the principle, so in this rare question type where we want something that does NOT illustrate, it’s the correct answer.
Re: Parkinson’s Law, an observation advanced by the British civil servant &nbs [#permalink] 21 Sep 2017, 09:52
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