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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 140B Instructor: Scott James Outline #12 Policy Leadership by Other Means: Non-Legislative Sources of Presidential Influence (I) Personnel Policy and the Administrative Presidency I. The “administrative presidency” A. Unilateral policy leadership through the politicization of the bureaucracy 1. Politicizing internal agency processes through strategic personnel selection a. Neutral competence (the textbook public administration ideal) (1) Career civil servants who utilize their program knowledge and experience to provide impartial, nonpolitical expertise to presidents. (a) Problems i) Serving two masters (statutory intent vs. presidential goals) ii) Department loyalists and program partisans iii) Triangular relations with support groups and congressional committees. iv) Political personnel “go native” b. Presidents expect responsive competence from administrators (1) subordination of bureaucratic experience and program expertise to presidential goals and timetables c. Constitutional implications (1) Take care that the laws are faithfully executed? 2...
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- Spring '10
- environmental protection agency, administrative presidency, Field Office, personnel selection