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Unformatted text preview: 2. Bureaucratic capture refers to a situation when regulatory agencies are more beholden to the interest groups they regulate than the elected officials they work for. 3. To do their job, bureaucrats would like to have clarity in instructions, autonomy, and resources. 4. Daniel Carpenter, among others, argues that bureaucrats can act like politicians in building coalitions to bring about policy changes they desire. Bureaucrats as Lawmakers 1. Federal agencies write the vast majority of administrative law , or rules for how an agency will implement a congressional statute. 2. Whenever Congress explicitly gives an agency rulemaking authority, courts allow the agency much leeway in crafting their implementation rules. If such authority is not explicit, then the courts will allow an agency’s interpretation if it is judged "reasonable" or "permissable." Political Influences on the Bureaucracy 1. The president retains influence over the bureaucracy because he or she can appoint the top-level officials in an agency and civil service workers are obligated to do what their superiors ask. 2. One way Congress influences government agencies is through choosing how much money it appropriates to an agency, while reserving the right to cut a budget. budget....
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