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Surname 1 Student's name Instructor's name Course Date An important debate in public administration is how much discretion should be allowed to public administrators, and how elected officials can control/monitor bureaucrats. Discuss these issues. The significant amount of debates in the area of public administration with regards to the amount of discretion that ought to be permissible to public administrators is due to the concerns around the issues of process and discretion exercise conducted by public administrators. In essence, such issues have far-reaching implications since it affects citizens in their interactions with public officials regularly ( Henry, 15). Administrative discretion in as far as public administration is concern involves flexible exercise of judgment or free-will decision making authorities given to public administrators. Public administrative agencies have been given authority over the years to exercise administrative discretion in their daily activities. Nevertheless, cases have been reported citing the abuse of power by public administrators when exercising administrative discretion and thus the debate regarding the amount of discretion that should be permissible to public administrators. Administrative discretion is necessary since it works in the best interest of the public. Notably, the public may be at significant risk if agencies do not follow the stipulated laws and regulations. Administrative discretion sanctions public agencies to use expert judgment and professional know-how when making vital daily voices or executing official responsibilities as opposed to merely observing austere laws or statutes. For instance, a public administrator exercises administrative discretion when making a choice across a wide range
Surname 2 of possible courses of action. Typically, administrative discretion commences at the point where the law ends. However, the exercise of administrative discretion may be viewed as a way of granting too much power and freedom to public administrators who may be tempted to use it for selfish intents (Cordella & Niccolo, 281). As a result, legislators are often perturbed with the question of how much discretion is too much for public agencies. An example of an exercise of administrative discretion in law is the Goldberg versus Kelly case in 1970. Typically, elected leaders have developed laws as well as institutions that enable them to control and monitor bureaucracies to avert corruption or extreme independence. Bureaucracies are, however, complex and the process of lawmaking and bureaucratic oversight is complicated. Over the years, elected officials have encountered significant challenges when trying to monitor and regulate bureaucracies ( Henry, 14). The challenges occur partly because of the fact that elected officials have partisan impulses while bureaucracies are intended to circumvent any political party intents or inclinations.

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