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Unformatted text preview: Module IV: The Institutional Module IV: The Institutional Presidency Presidency Lecture 12: “The Administrative Presidency” and the White House Office of Personnel From Office to From Office to Institution Institution • The rise to preeminence of the presidential office . . . – . . . stimulates the growth of an institutional presidency From Office to From Office to Institution Institution • The rise to preeminence of the presidential office . . . – . . . stimulates the growth of an institutional presidency • The Executive Office of the President (EOP) – A set of organizations responsive to presidential direction » Unlike traditional political institutions like political parties or the president’s Cabinet Overview Overview • First of two lectures regarding units inside EOP that – Provide presidents with enhanced capacity for unilateral policy leadership employing techniques of bureaucratic control Overview Overview • First of two lectures regarding units inside EOP that – Provide presidents with enhanced capacity for unilateral policy leadership employing techniques of bureaucratic control • Today’s lecture : White House Office of Personnel (WHOP) Overview Overview • First of two lectures regarding units inside EOP that – Provide presidents with enhanced capacity for unilateral policy leadership employing techniques of bureaucratic control • Today’s lecture : White House Office of Personnel (WHOP) • March 4 : Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Overview Overview • WHOP and OMB : Instruments that facilitate unilateral bureaucratic control by presidents – Help presidents leave stronger imprint on national policy direction Overview Overview • WHOP and OMB : Instruments that facilitate unilateral bureaucratic control by presidents – Help presidents leave stronger imprint on national policy direction • The practical impact: – Politicization of the executive branch • More centralized control over traditionally decentralized and autonomous processes of: – Bureaucratic rule-making – Bureaucratic enforcement Overview Overview • “ The Administrative Presidency” : A model of policy leadership through direct bureaucratic intervention – A set of techniques for making government policy more responsive to unilateral presidential direction • For achieving policy change through the political control of the bureaucracy – Utilizes the formal authority and resources available as Chief Executive. Overview Overview • The administrative presidency represents a dramatic break with 100 years of traditionally thinking in public administration – A challenge to “the ideal of “neutral competence” and the “Goo goos” who championed it • (“Goo-goo”: “good government” reformer) The Ideal of Neutral Competence The Ideal of Neutral Competence • Woodrow Wilson (a “goo-goo” academic) on the separation of politics and administration The Ideal of Neutral Competence • Woodrow Wilson (a “goo-goo” academic) on the separation of politics and administration – Politics stops at the water’s edge of Congress The Ideal of Neutral Competence...
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