Week 8_9_ Bureaucracy Lecture slide.pptx - Bureaucracy Week 8\/9 Reading Logic Chapter 8 McCubbins et al Dr Jenn M Jackson PSC 121 Introduction to

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BureaucracyWeek 8/9 Reading:Logic, Chapter 8, McCubbins et al.Dr. Jenn M. JacksonPSC 121: Introduction to American National Government
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Development of the Federal BureaucracyCongress was wary of delegating too much power to the executive, but realized the impracticality of delegating too little.The first Congress began the foundations of the executive branch by reestablishing the departments that had existed under the Articles:TreasuryForeign Affairs (renamed State)War2
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Development of the Federal BureaucracyThe larger departments were subdivided into more specialized offices called bureaus.Congress set up single officials to be responsible for the departments’ operations. But, it was unclear to whom they should report to.The Constitution was also unclear on whether or not the president, who could appoint officials, could also remove them.This issue was later resolved to give the president sole removal power.3
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Development of the Federal BureaucracyDuring the early years, corruption was considerable.President Washington sought to end that by appointing civil servants of character and ability who were respected by their communities.An informal custom where civil servants served their tenure during good behavior emerged and remained in place until the 1820s.However, this notion was contrary to the democratic spirit of the Federalists. 4
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Development of the Federal BureaucracyDemocratization of the Civil Service: The Spoils SystemThe most prominent spokesperson for the democratic spirit, Andrew Jackson, challenged the use of federal offices as private property.
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