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Political Science November 17, 2010 Bureaucracy 1. What are the characteristics of a bureaucracy? a. Hierarchically organized b. Specialization, specific tasks c. Qualification and competence as the basis of recruitment and promotion (e.g degree or other certification needed for many jobs) d. Institutionalization of procedures – rules to be followed e. Career identification; e.g. teacher, engineer, accountant, machinist, etc. 2. Why bureaucracy? a. No person is irreplaceable b. Every branch is covered 3. Popular ambivalence a. Objective a.i. Strict about precedent and follow rules a.ii. Impartial and consistent a.iii. Responsive to control from top (i.e. democratic) a.iv. Efficeient b. Subjective b.i. Reddled with red tape b.ii. Impersonal and rigid b.iii. Unresponsive to deal with b.iv. Inificcient 4. What do public bureaucracies do? 5. Organization of U.S. bureaucracies do
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Unformatted text preview: a. Implementation: take congressional and presidential policy and develop rules and procedures for putting them into effect b. Administration: handling day to day problems of executing policy and providing services c. Regulation: taking broad grants of power given by congress to control various activities such as advertising product safety interest rates and environmental quality 6. Organization of U.S. bureaucracy 7. The principal agent problem a. The principal is the person or group who delegates to another person or group –the agent—a particular job or task. b. :how does the principal (person who needs) control the behavior of the agent when the agent is more knowledgeable? 8. How the U.S bureaucracy is held accountable?...
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