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Bureaucracy and Rulemaking Max Weber recognized that bureaucracies were rational-legal authorities that assumed their legitimacy from legal order and law. Consequently, government bureaucracy can have a powerful effect on public administration. Can bureaucracy impact rulemaking? Accountability? How has bureaucratic decision-making impacted citizen participation? Post by Day 3 an explanation of how the organizational structure of bureaucracy impacts the rulemaking process. Provide two specific examples. Explain whether the rulemaking process encourages or hinders citizen participation and why. Cite the specific rule using Bluebook citation. The Bluebook citation should appear in-text, as well as in the reference list. Organizational Structure of Bureaucracy: Rulemaking Process(es) In order to understand how organizational structure of bureaucracy impacts the rulemaking process, one must first understand what the organizational structure of bureaucracy is. According to Weber (Waters & Waters, 2015), organizational structure of bureaucracy is “characterized by many rules, standardized processes, procedures and requirements, number of desks, meticulous division of labor and responsibility, clear hierarchies and professional, almost impersonal interactions between employees”. By today’s standards, this hierarchal structure is referred to or known as an organizational chart; with each subdivision or department comprising a divisional head who account to the top leader. An organization [even a governmental bureaucracy] is formulated this way. Roles, responsibilities and duties are defined and regulated by governmental guidelines. That being said, in the rulemaking process, the Legislative Branch of the federal government are responsible for ratifying rules/regulations/guidelines but said entrusted agencies autonomously implement and enforce rules/regulations/guidelines. In the determination of rules, Congress will often develop guiding rules/regulations/guidelines acquired from experts and lobbyists on program policy; subsequently, internal administrative (law) processes supervene as the agency determines optimal methods, which are within the rules, to accomplish objectives and/or purpose. Public administrators or Bureaucrats are duty-bound to assure that public interest is prioritized before their own. Ultimately, it is the essence of democratic governance or the scope of processes through which a society reaches consensus on and implements regulations, human rights, laws, policies and social structures for which the public servant who was entrusted to bring to fruition. Individual inclination and bias should void and absent from the execution of duty obligations. Therefore, taking action that advances the cause of democratic governance is a legitimate way to assess or at least imply expectancies, of ethical behavior. Furthermore, is a basis for the enhancement and development of laws and regulation that limit harm and depravity by public servants. Patrick Dobel (2012) stated that the:
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