Bureaucratic Functions One useful approach to understanding what bureaucrats do is to examine the actions of different governmental agencies. The following table summarizes the government’s major functions and provides examples of agencies that perform those tasks. FUNCTIONS OF BUREAUCRACIES Function Bureaucratic Agencies Promote the public good National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation Protect the nation Armed forces, Coast Guard, Central Intelligence Agency Sustain a strong economy Federal Reserve Bank, Export-Import Bank, Securities and Exchange Commission Bureaucratic Models Scholars have proposed three different models to explain how bureaucracies function, summarized in the following chart. THREE MODELS OF BUREAUCRACY Model Important Trait Problematic Behavior Weberian Model Hierarchy Lethargy Acquisitive Model Expansionism Competition Monopolistic Model Lack of competition Inefficiency Weberian Model According to the Weberian model,
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