POL261notes - 04:22...

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04:22 Bureaucracy—has become to be associated with slow and inefficient Formal definition: system of organization and control Generally a set of rules and regulations to ensure the organization runs smoothly and to  deal with common occurrences Hierarchy in place Government Bureaucracy —system in place that is designed to implement and enforce  rules and laws from government agencies and organizations Public Administrators Elected Officials Appointed Officials—unclassified staff—serve at the pleasure of appointee (in exec,  president) Civil Servants—classified staff—career officials—vast majority 1.9 million in federal  government Constrained Executive Branch—a constrained bureaucracy Articles of Confederation Executive branch v legislative branch—who has more power?—not clearly delineated States work independently from each other Nothing forced the states to come together   similar to administration by ambassadors Ambassador is assigned to communicate, not make decisions States were sending ambassadors, not representatives   just relaying information back  and forth States 1776-1780 11 states passed similar state constitutions   decided legislative branch should be the  more powerful branch closer to the people, more representation utilized direct legislation
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took on the role of the executive branch specific programs/bills/act were brought to the community with details about the  administration legislative branch basically controlled everything Federalist Papers Hamilton   strong executive branch “energy in the executive” strong agencies, strong bureaucracy, strong president Jefferson   strong legislative branch Constrained president, constrained bureaucracy Participatory government Jefferson prevails—started the history of constrained executive branch Public Trust Issues Younger people distrust the government more 37% trust the government approval ratings—how well the pres, congress and other individuals are doing Trust Level has gone down since the 1950’s—why? Corruption Or perception of Historical Events Watergate, weapons of mass destruction, Patriot Act Media
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Negative story focus, what’s covered, our perception of events General perception of the government/bureaucracy Negative connotation of bureaucratic system Corruption, scandals Way govt officials are portrayed on tv/movies Negative campaign ads People think the system is flawed, not the officials Since Articles of Confederation, fed govt has grown—why? (and why it needs to be) Complex Problems Technology issues—NASA, CDC Economic/social issues—social service programs, issues relating to poverty Public Goods Private sector doesn’t want to provide
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course EDT 181 taught by Professor Keithstevenharring during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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