What does it mean to say that bureaucracy is highly political

What does it mean to say that bureaucracy is highly political

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Question 4 What does it mean to say that bureaucracy is highly political? How do the key characteristics of bureaucracies aggravate or alleviate “bureaucratic politics”? The federal bureaucracy is quite political, but tries very hard to be unbiased. One of the main ways that politics affects the bureaucracy is through the budgeting of Congress. Congressional delegation of broad grants of power and responsibility to the bureaucracy has enlarged bureaucratic influence. Also, bureaucrats are often sources for specific and technical information for Congress. Because of this, an arrangement has developed between the federal bureaucracy, congressional committees, and interest groups in related fields. This is called the iron triangle. Most job positions in bureaucracies are in civil service; however, top positions are often political appointees. The American bureaucracy is guided by the Congress and the President. The bureaucracy must also follow the courts and their rulings as well as interest groups and public opinion. To keep the system unbiased, most civilian employees of the federal government serve under a merit system that protects their independence of politics. They work in one of the fourteen Cabinet departments, as well as government corporations, independent agencies, and independent regulatory boards or commissions. The federal government sets policy
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLITICS 100 taught by Professor - during the Spring '08 term at Creighton.

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What does it mean to say that bureaucracy is highly political

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