Notes 11-14 - Explaining Burocratic Behaviorr A....

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Explaining Burocratic Behaviorr A. Inevitability of Discretion 1. Paradox of bureaucracy: despised but essentrial 2. Ideal bureaucracy (Max Weber) 2.i. Hierarchy 2.ii. Division of labor 2.iii. Formal rules 2.iv. Administration separate from politics 3. Standard Operating Procedures 3.i. Detailed manuals 3.ii. Extensive reporting of activities 3.iii. Frequent inspections 3.iv. Uniforms 4. But some administrative discretion is inevitable 4.i. Uncertainty in legislation 4.ii. Unforeseen situations 4.iii. Incentives to delegate 4.iv. Willingness to rely on expertise B. Institutional influences 1. President 1.i. Make appointments 1.ii. Reorganizations of agencies (within agencies) 1.iii. Propose budgets 1.iv. Issue executive orders 2. Congress 2.i. Confirm top officials 2.ii. Legislate (agency mandates) 2.iii. Final say on budget 2.iv. Oversight with hearings and testimony The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2.v. Largest reorganization of federal G in 50 years - Pre 9/11: system uncoordinated
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGINEERIN 131 taught by Professor Cytron during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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