PSC113 - Notes 11/25 - Political Science Notes Reminders Letter to elected official due in recitation Final debate next week Should the “Affordable

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Political Science Notes 11/25/2019 Reminders: - Letter to elected official due in recitation - Final debate next week: Should the “Affordable Care Act” be repealed? Chapter 14: The Bureaucracy Agenda: - What is bureaucracy? - Types of Agencies - Role of Bureaucrats - Bureaucratic culture and politics - Problems with the American Federal Bureaucracy What is Bureaucracy? Federal Bureaucracy: Part of the executive branch outside the presidency that carries out laws and regulations (media has negative opinion of this but does not always fully explain aspects of bureaucracy) Max Weber’s 4 Characteristics ○ Hierarchy : a clear chain of command, officials that listen to “higher ups”, manager based system ○ Specialization : tasks are divided and handled by experts, roles given to people who have worked in a specific area previously Explicit Rules: organization has specific regulations , standardized procedures, predictable and impersonal reliance on rules ○ Merit:
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