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IlostmyTheBureaucracyworksheetfromclassonThursday,soIrediditbelow.

1.ConsidereachofthecomponentsoftheWeberianmodelofbureaucracyaswellastheideasofthe
meritsystem,andneutralcompetence.Dotheseseemlikerational,logical,andgoodideas?Ifso,how
doyouexplainthenegativeviewsmostpeoplehaveofbureaucracy.
Ithinkthatinlargegovernmentalsystems,theWeberianmodelmakessense.Inordertomanagealarge
bodyofstaff,thereneedtobestrictrulesaswellasahierarchy.However,inpractice,themodelmay
beskewedsothatthehigherrankingofficialshavetoomuchpower.Themeritsystemandneutral
competencearealsobothrationalandlogical.Peoplehavenegativeviewsofbureaucracybecause
peoplehaveanegativeviewofgovernmentingeneralandbureaucracydoesgivealotofpowertoa
fewselectindividuals,whichpeopletendnottoapproveof.
2.Whichmodelofbureaucracydoyoufeelismostpersuasive?Explainyouranswersandgivecurrent
examplesfromtheUSfederalbureaucracy.
TheWeberianmodelismostpersuasive.Intheory,itissupposedtogiveskilled,specializedpeople
jobsthatmatchtheirfield.Theimpersonalworkenvironmentmaynotbefun,butittakesawaya
distractionfromworkers.Itseasyforlargegroupsforfallapart,sothestrictrulessoundliketheydbe
effective.
3.Ifyouwereaskedtobetheheadofanagencyofthefederalgvt,whichtypeofagencywouldyou
select?Whatisitaboutthistypeofagencythatisappealingtoyou?
Iwouldchoosetobetheheadofanindependentagencybecausetheycreatelegislationandjudge
disputes.IfIhadtobeinvolvedinabranchofthefederalgovernment,itwoulddefinitelybethe
legislativebranch.
4.Thefederalbureaucracyismadeupofawidevarietyofagenciesintermsoftypeandsize.Whatis
thesignificanceofallthisvarietyintermsofpublicknowledgeandunderstandingofbureaucratic
activity?
Thislargevarietyofagenciesinthebureaucracymeansthatthepowerofthebureaucracyissharedand
notconcentratedinoneindividual.Italsoindicatesthatmanyissuesarebeingdealtwithatthesame
timebydifferentgroups,notjustonelargegroupdealingwitheverything.Thisiscontrarytopublic
understandingofbureaucraticactivity.
5.Whydoyouthinkthesizeofthefederalbureaucracyaswellasthatofthestatesandlocal
governmentshasgrown?Listthreereasonsthatyoucansupportwithevidence.Shouldthesizeof
bureaucracybeconsideredaproblem?
Thesizeofthefederalbureaucracyandthatofstatesandlocalgovernmentshasgrownbecauseofa
dividebetweenpartiesandpopulationgrowth.Aspartiesgrowinglydisagree,theystoptryingto
compromiseandjusttrytogetmorepeopleontheirside.Also,asthepopulationexpanded,sodidthe
government.
6.Evaluatethepolicymakingroleofthebureaucracy.Doyouthinktheyhavetoomuchpowerand
influenceordoyoubelievethattheprocessesinplacesufficientlylimittheirpower?Explainandgivea
specificexampletoexemplifyyouranswer.
Thebureaucracyhasalargeroleinpolicy,usingissuenetworks.Ithinktheyhavetoomuchpower.The
processesinplacedonotsufficientlylimittheirpowertherearevirtuallynoobstaclesinthewayofthe
bureaucracy.
7.Compareandcontrastthevariouswaystocontrolthebureaucracy.Whichdoyouthinkismost
effectiveandwhy?
Youcancontrolthebureaucracythroughappointingpeoplewhoworkinthebestofyourinterests,or
youcancontrolthemonetaryaspectofthebureaucracy.Bothareeffective,althoughIthinkifyoucan
controlthebudget,youcanmanipulatethebureaucracy.
8.DoyouthinkCongressprovidesadequatecontrolofthebureaucracy?Giveaspecificexample.
Congresscanimpeachbureaucracyofficialsaswellasinfluencetheappointmentofheads,butIdont
thinkthisisenoughcontroloverthem.
9.Howmuchdoyouthinkthepresidentandhispoliticalappointeesactuallycontrolthebureaucracy?
Givetworeasonsforwhyyouthinkthislevelofcontrlorinfluencebythepresidentisagoodthingand
twowhyyouthinkitsabadthing.
Idontthinkthepresidentcancontrolthebureaucracybecauseitisverylargeandexiststhroughout
multiplepresidentialterms.
thisisgoodbecause:
1.Thisallowsforchecksandbalances.
2.Thisallowsforaconsistentbodyinthefederalgovernment.
thisisbadbecause:
1.Thereislittlethepresidentcandoifthebureaucracybecomescorrupt.
2.Itcreatesalotoftensionbetweentheexecutivebranchandbureaucracy.