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Bureaucracy - Bureaucracy o What does the bureaucracy do o...

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Bureaucracy o What does the bureaucracy do o How do bureaucrats make policy and how does politics affect them o Are state bureaucracies a good or a bad thing and what are the alternatives Bureaucratic Function #1 (policy Implementer) o Implementation is when bureaucracy takes the wishes of the government and translates them into action. o Powerful shaper of citizen’s lives, carries out decisions elected officials make Bureaucratic Function #2 (policy maker) o Make and shape policy, o Vagueness gives street level bureaucrats discretion This is like officers not pulling people over that go over the speed limit (has helped make him a policy maker) (rulemaking) = translating laws into written instructions for public agencies ex. how much to charge for a fishing license Active pursuit of political agendas Too much or too little o Bureaucracies reflect geographic and societal differences o A comparative approach suggests expenditures and employees vary according to
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