Acquisitive Model The acquisitive model can be distinguished by the following characteristics: • Expansion: Leaders of bureaucracies always seek to expand the size and budget of their agency. • Turf wars: Bureaucrats defend their responsibilities, resources, and jurisdiction from potential competitors. Even though government bureaucracies do not work for profit, agency heads still jockey for power and try to outdo one another. Turf Wars Federal bureaucracies often engage in turf wars, fights over which agency has the power to perform certain tasks. For example, the Central Intelligence Agency is the leading intelligence organization, but it faces competition from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and intelligence agencies within each of the armed forces, as well as an intelligence operation at the State Department. At times, the fighting between agencies hampers policy implementation and wastes money.
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