The Bureaucracy - The Bureaucracy In general usage, the set...

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The Bureaucracy In general usage, the set of gov agencies that carries out gov policies; characterized by formalized structures, specialized duties, a hierarchical system of authority, routine record-keeping, and a permanent staff Why study the Bureaucracy? o Policymakers do not simply execute policies determined by Congress and president o Bureaucrats are powerful for 2 reasons Discretion in the implementation of policies Congress delegates power to bureaucrats Leaves details to be filled in by bureaucrats bc congress doesn’t have time to write all details/ standards regarding a rule/ policy Why running gov is not like running a business? o Government agencies have multiple masters Business= clear lines of authority; gov= agencies are responsive to multiple levels of gov (congress, president, etc) o Government has multiple and hard to measure goals Business= money, selling product, etc (straightforward); Gov= protect public safety, environment, educate population, etc: no simple calculations to
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