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Pol 140 bureaucracy SP15 Half

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Pol 140 bureaucracy SP15 Half

  1. 1. POL 140-10 Spring 2015
  2. 2.  Cabinet-Level Departments  Independent Agencies  Regulatory Boards and Commissions  Government Corporations
  3. 3.  Fifteen Departments  Secretary appointed by president  What issues fall under the cabinet?  Foreign Relations  Agriculture  Education
  4. 4.  Enforce regulations and create policy  Single head appointed by president  Narrow areas of jurisdiction  Size varies
  5. 5.  Agency run by a small number of officials  Appointed by the president, serve a fixed term  Sector of economy or political arena Federal Communications Commission Food and Drug Administration
  6. 6.  Service NOT provided by private business
  7. 7.  Hierarchy  Chain of command  Specialization  Tasks are divided  Explicit Rules  Personal discretion limit  Standardization, Predictability  Merit  Objective criteria for hiring, etc. MaxWeber
  8. 8.  Administrator  Rule Maker  Judge
  9. 9.  Implements and administers laws  Professional and non-partisan  Examples: Park Rangers and Police Officers
  10. 10.  Writes details of legislation  Bureaucracy is delegated legislative authority, known as bureaucratic discretion  Importance of judgment  Decisions not without safeguards  Federal Register and Public
  11. 11.  Interpreting the law in certain cases  “Rules of the game”  Responsible for ensuring compliance  Rulings can be overturned by Congress
  12. 12.  Appointment Power  The Budget Process  Government Reorganization  “The Power of Persuasion”
  13. 13.  Relationship between government actors:  Congressional Committee  Interest Group  Bureaucratic Agency
  14. 14. Congressional Committee Select Committee onAging Interest Group American Association of Retired Persons Bureaucratic Agency Social Security Administration
  15. 15.  Powerful check  Members’ views on implementation  Committees with jurisdiction can request agency testify before them  Congress sets funding levels for agencies
  16. 16.  Agencies sued by individuals and businesses  Courts play minor role in process  Bureaucratic deference  Agencies being out of Court’s reach  Time constraints

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