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Unformatted text preview: Making government work • Part of executive branch • Administrative units • Nonelected officials • Intended to do the routine work of govt Traditional Characteristics • Hierarchical authority • Assigned specific tasks • Defined jurisdictions • Extensive rules & regs • Politically neutral Modern Characteristics • Hierarchy not always clear • Broad tasks assigned • Overlapping jurisdictions • Rules & Regs contradictory • Political neutrality in doubt The civil service • Patronage o Used to be norm o Hired based on connections • Merit System o Introduced by Pendleton act o Replaced patronage system o Must actually be qualified • Political neutrality o Hatch Act (1939) Can’t run for partisan office Can’t solicit campaign funds Modified in ’93 to allow off duty political activity • Hard to get fired o In part to protect against political firings o Ineffective workers benefit Organization Cabinet Departments(15 of them) o Reflects importance of policy area...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2011 for the course GOV 101 taught by Professor Ass during the Spring '11 term at Highland CC.
- Spring '11