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Unformatted text preview: AP US Government & Politics Name Chapter 17-- The Bureaucracy: The Real Power? Period With most students, any discussion of the bureaucracy is difficult because of the stereotypes held by the students: bureaucrats are rigid, uncaring, unhelpful drones who are out to make everyones life miserable. Pollsters regularly find that the American public is opposed to any expansion of government programs if that means more bureaucrats will be hired. Polls show that most people feel there are too many regulations. Many also believe that government forms and procedures are unnecessarily rigid and burdensome. Trying to explain the reasons for some of the rigidities or to describe the dedication and expertise of the typical civil servant usually produces a classroom of glazed-over eyes. Faced with the attitude that government should fire all bureaucrats, the instructors task is a difficult one. The instructor must get students to think. Are we going to have a national defense effort, programs for the elderly, instructor must get students to think....
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