Ch. 13 - Federal Bureaucracy Bureaucracy a hierarchy and...

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Federal Bureaucracy Bureaucracy – a hierarchy and its staff to help the chief executive enforce the law and do his job o Functions under impersonal rules No differentiation from republican and democrat o Uniform rule Often called the 4th branch of government Bureaucrat : career government employee Growth of Bureaucracy o 1790 - $1.5 million a year for just 3 departments o 1790 - treasury 70 people; now it employs 153,000 o Now: 3 million civilians and 20 million if you include state and local employees o After 9/11 Government= growth Myths and Truths about Bureaucracy - Let’s pick on the bureaucrats… o Myths Americans dislike bureaucrats 2/3 of Americans say they like the bureaucrats according to surveys Bureaucracies keep getting bigger Not as big as state bureaucracies Most bureaucrats live in Washington, D.C. Only 16% live in DC Bureaucracies are ineffective, inefficient, and mired in red tape You only have problems when they don’t work well
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Ch. 13 - Federal Bureaucracy Bureaucracy a hierarchy and...

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