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Government Lecture Nov. 20

Government Lecture Nov. 20 - Opinion the Government 1 The...

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November 20, 2007 1. The Marketplace of Ideas (what shapes public opinion) 2. The government role in shaping opinion 3. How to measure opinion 4. Is Government responsive to opinion? Limitations of Scientific Surveys on Opinion 1. Sample Size 2. Polling errors 3. Bandwagon effect- 2000 election 4. Illusion of saliency How to make government truly reflective of Public Opinion… 1. Ballot initiatives 2. Referenda What is a bureaucrat? - Any large organization where employees work under a hierarchy. Often refers to government agencies… Who are the Federal Bureaucrats in the US? 1. Political Appointees Cabinet Ambassadors Senior Executives “Schedule C” 2. Normal Hiring Methods How do the Federal Bureaucrats get their jobs? Procedures for Appointment and Hiring 1. Patronage: noncompetitive 2. Spoils System: party only a. 1881 James Garfield b. 1883 Pendleton Act 3. Merit System: stresses ability, education, performance over party connection What do the Bureaucrats do? Direct Administration: implementation of government policies by federal agencies
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