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poli201_lec7(bureaucracy) - POLI 201 / Chapter 7 Professor...

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POLI 201 / Chapter 7 Professor Finocchiaro 1 CHAPTER 7: The Executive Branch: Bureaucracy in a Democracy POLI 201: American National Government The Paradoxes of Bureaucratic Politics Americans generally have Still, executive agencies and departments perform essential Americans generally have negative views of bureaucracy, and we tend only to focus on bureaucracy when it breaks down. functions in American society and the American economy. We benefit daily from programs administered and services provided by the U.S. Weather Service, the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Postal Service, the FDA, the EPA, and many others. In recent years, presidents of the United States have argued that the federal government has grown too large. Republican Ronald Reagan declared that government is often the problem. Democrat Bill Clinton proclaimed that “the era of big government is over.”
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POLI 201 / Chapter 7 Professor Finocchiaro 2 Despite bureaucratic unpopularity and general fears of “big government,” the federal bureaucracy has hardly grown at all d ring the past q arter cent r at all during the past quarter century: The size of the federal workforce as a percentage of the total workforce has declined. The size of the federal budget as a percentage of the overall economy has remained largely unchanged since 1960. Bureaucracy in a Democracy Though necessary and even valuable, the federal executive branch suffers from an image problem. Bureaucratic procedures are often inefficient and frustrating. Bureaucracy itself is a pejorative term that means “government run by desks.” We use this term to refer to the principles of organization in governmental administration. Bureaucracies – executive branch departments and
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course POLI 201 taught by Professor Briggs during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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poli201_lec7(bureaucracy) - POLI 201 / Chapter 7 Professor...

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