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Texas Bureaucracy Bureaucracy : the collective name for the offices, tasks & people in formal administration; the executive branch of government which administers laws & ‘implements public policy’; Bureaucracy develops wherever human beings organize themselves to systematically accomplish goals, and in the process lose some of their flexibility and efficiency (not only gov’t) Bureaucracy and Public Policy: Each attempt to de-politicize the bureaucracy simply means that one kind of politics is substituted for another. Most political observers today agree that the Texas bureaucracy is deeply engaged in politics. Clientele Groups: The most natural allies for a bureaucratic agency are its clientele interest groups, the groups that benefit directly from agency programs. The agency reciprocates by protecting its clients within the administration. At the national level, examples of such close-knit alliances of interest group & agency are defense contractors and the Department of Defense, agribusiness and the Department of Agriculture, and drug manufactures and the Food and Drug Administration. Agency employees develop shared attitudes, an esprit de corps and a sense of communality with the employees of the agency's constituency interest groups. The Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker: Bureaucratic power is enhanced by the support of powerful legislators, often including the chairperson of the committee that exercises legislative oversight over the agency. The agency is dependent on legislative allies for laws that expand its powers, increase the scope of its duties, protect it from unfriendly interests, and appropriate the funds for its operation.
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