Chapter 13 Struggle for Democracy

Chapter 13 Struggle for Democracy - Federal Bureaucracy...

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Federal Bureaucracy • What is a bureaucracy • Often called the 4th branch of government • Bureaucrat : career government employee Growth of Bureaucracy • 1790 - $1.5 million a year for just 3 departments • 1790 - treasury 70 people; now it employs 153,000 • Now: 3 million civilians and 20 million if you include state and local employees • After 9/11 Government= growth
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Myths and Truths about Bureaucracy Let’s pick on the bureaucrats… Myths? Americans dislike bureaucrats Bureaucracies keep getting bigger Most bureaucrats live in Washington, D.C. • Bureaucracies are ineffective, inefficient, and mired in red tape Early Bureaucracy • Until about 100 years ago, we had the patronage system
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• 1789-1829 federal service - white upper class elites • Patronage System • Spoils system • Andrew Jackson How this all changed • The assassination of Garfield (the 20th president… not the cat) • wanted to reform system was killed by a frustrated office seeker
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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