notes 2-18-09 - POLITICS OF THE BUREAUCRACY Bureaucracy and...

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POLITICS OF THE BUREAUCRACY (2-18-09) Bureaucracy and Budgets Reality vs. myths about bureaucracy -Personnel -Money Where money really goes -Expensive vs. inexpensive -Not the same as important vs. unimportant -Not the same as efficient vs. inefficient -Not the same as small vs. large bureaucracy Saturday Night Massacre -During Watergate scandal -Nixon fires those supposedly investigating him (Richardson, Cox, Ruckelshaus) -Problems with the law -Congress changes the law to insulate future investigators from the president Topics -Potential problems with bureaucracies in a democracy (principal-agent problems, mostly) -Institutional solutions -Tradeoffs in designing institutions Potential problems with regulatory agencies -Capture -Budget-maximization -Inefficiency -Patronage -Drift Other countries face the same problems -European bureaucracies, at all levels, are considered less efficient than American bureaucracies on average -Other parts of the world, bureaucracies more political than the American bureaucracies
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course WOMENSTD 240 taught by Professor Cortera during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.

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