Bureaucracy - The Bureaucracy GOV 310L What is a Bureaucracy Points of Interest What are agencies What are the problems associated with

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The Bureaucracy GOV 310L
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Points of Interest What is a Bureaucracy? What are agencies? What are the problems associated with Bureaucracies? How does patronage and the spoils system effect our views on bureaucrats? What is neutral competence? What is the role of Congress in shaping the activities of a Bureaucracy?
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Constitution, Article II, Section 3 The president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” How is he or she going to be able to accomplish this? The answer is bureaucracy What is a Bureaucracy? What are agencies? Problems with Bureaucracies Patronage Neutral Competence Congress and Bureaucracy
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What is Bureaucracy? Bureaucracy is the hierarchical organization designed to perform a particular set of tasks. Bureaucracies implement laws What is a Bureaucracy? What are agencies? Problems with Bureaucracies Patronage Neutral Competence Congress and Bureaucracy
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What are agencies? Agencies are the basic organizational unit of federal government. Office or bureau This is the entity assigned by Congress to carry out a task. What is a Bureaucracy? What are agencies? Problems with Bureaucracies Patronage Neutral Competence Congress and Bureaucracy
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The Federal Bureaucracy Consists of Departments, Independent Agencies and Government Corporations What is a Bureaucracy? What are agencies? Problems with Bureaucracies Patronage Neutral Competence Congress and Bureaucracy
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The Bureaucracy Problem Impossibility of Tasks Tasks are complex and vague Difficulty Measuring Performance Difficult to measure how hard an agency is working. Expansionary Tendencies (Imperialism) “Mr. Chairman, you would not think that it would be proper for me to be in charge of this work and not be enthusiastic about it and not think that I ought to have more money, would you?” Slow to Change “Bureaucracy defends that status quo long past the time when the quo was the status.” Red Tape and Waste “One person’s red tape may be another’s treasured procedural
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Bureaucracy - The Bureaucracy GOV 310L What is a Bureaucracy Points of Interest What are agencies What are the problems associated with

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