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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) Cant run for partisan office Cant 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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- Spring '11