Preview

Political Science and Federal Bureaucracy

Satisfactory Essays
Open Document
Open Document
373 Words
Grammar
Grammar
Plagiarism
Plagiarism
Writing
Writing
Score
Score
Political Science and Federal Bureaucracy
LEARNING ACTIVITY WORKSHEET - Week Two
Develop a detailed outline of your second main point. (For assistance with your writing skills, check out the Ashford Writing Center at https://awc.ashford.edu/essay-dev-essay-structure.html)
1. Federal Policies:
a. Provide a topic sentence that briefly describes one advantage and one disadvantage to a national policy that must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy.
One advantage of a policy that must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy is the actual federal experts in the bureaucracy. The people set up the policy know much more about the issues than the president and this creates bureaucracy power. One disadvantage is that at any time the president can rearrange the organization chart of the bureaucracy.

b. Provide a topic sentence that recommends one option to maintain the advantage and one to improve the disadvantage.
One option to maintain the advantage is to keep the detail of the policy inside the bureaucracy. The less the president knows about the issue, the more the bureaucracy has control of the issue. One way to improve the disadvantage is implement order. The reorganization should be authorized through congress.

2. Scholarly Support: (For assistance with your research see the Tutorials provided by Ashford University’s Library at http://library.ashford.edu/tutorials.aspx, the APA Style Aid at https://www.wou.edu/provost/library/clip/apa/, and for Annotated Bibliographies at https://awc.ashford.edu/tocw-sample-annotated-bibliography.html for additional help)
a. Provide two credible sources in APA format to support your main points.

O'CONNELL, A. J. (2014). BUREAUCRACY AT THE BOUNDARY. University Of Pennsylvania Law Review, 162(4), 841-927

Scholz, J. T., Twombly, J., & Headrick, B. (1991). Street-Level Political Controls Over Federal Bureaucracy. The American Political Science Review, (3). 829

b. Briefly discuss how these sources support your main points.
Both

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Better Essays

    Centralia Mine No. 5

    • 1339 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Stillman, R.J. (2010). Public administration: Concepts and cases: 2010 custom edition. (9th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin – Cengage Learning.…

    • 1339 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    The Legislative Branch

    • 1600 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Over the years, Congress has assumed significant investigatory power. This is called congressional oversight, and it is the reason why bureaucracy cannot be the strongest branch of government. As stated previously, when Congress creates a program or establishes a new governmental policy, its implementation is assigned to an Executive branch department or agency. This is the bureaucracy (Wilson, 354). Congressional committees can keep a watchful eye on the application of policies which are under their prerogative. If a program is mishandled or goes in a direction that was not intended by Congress, a committee could call on the heads of the program’s agency or department and have them answer for their actions in a hearing. This creates a persistent threat of Congress cutting an agency’s budget or even eliminating a program altogether. This is what keeps bureaucrats inline and under Congress’s control. Although many areas of congressional oversight are designed to control the bureaucracy, they also act as a safeguard to insure that certain agencies remain free from presidential influence (Wilson,…

    • 1600 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    B. Discuss potential advantages or disadvantages of your proposed procedure compared to the one actually used.…

    • 453 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    The Case: No Dogs Allowed

    • 905 Words
    • 4 Pages

    B. Identify at least one pro and one con for each of the following options.…

    • 905 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Economics Paper

    • 529 Words
    • 2 Pages

    6. Identify at least one pro and one con for each of the following options:…

    • 529 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    Principal-agent theory. In this time of ever more scarce government resources, the idea that one level of government can mandate the activities and therefore resource usage of another may seem counter-intuitive. Taken together with the politics-administration dichotomy, it would appear that civil servants have little control over what they do on a daily basis or how they are allowed to do their jobs. In reality, though, the bureaucrat signals the elected official in a number of ways about his or her preferences when it comes to methods of serving their clients, the public receiving the benefits of that agency’s activities (Lang, 2005, p.295). And elected officials similarly signal the bureaucrats. The challenge, though, comes from the many competing influences on the bureaucrat, surrounded by competing viewpoints and therefore differing directions to follow. Learning how to successfully navigate this complicated web of government level influence is a major task for public administrators!…

    • 1781 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Trustee vs. Delagate

    • 1051 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Modern Bureaucracy in the United States serves to administer, gather information, conduct investigations, regulate, and license. Once set up, a bureaucracy is inherently conservative. The reason the bureaucracy was initiated may not continue to exist as a need in…

    • 1051 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Week 1

    • 361 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Develop a detailed outline of your first main point. (For assistance with your writing skills, check out the Ashford Writing Center at https://awc.ashford.edu/essay-dev-essay-structure.html.)…

    • 361 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    A bureaucracy is a way of administratively organizing large numbers of people who need to work together. Even though bureaucracies sometimes seem inefficient or wasteful, setting up a bureaucracy helps ensure that groups of people work together in specific ways by defining everyone’s roles within a hierarchy. The job of a bureaucrat is to implement government policy, or take the laws and decisions made by elected officials and put them into practice. Some bureaucrats implement policy by writing rules and regulations, whereas others administer policies directly to the people. One way to understand what bureaucrats do is to look at the actions of different government agencies. If the government said we must focus on illegal aliens and border control, agencies like the border patrol, Coast guard and CIA, put motions in effect to combat the current issue. However, there are three main factors on who will do the leg work to complete the given task: the vigor and vision of their leadership, their resources, and the extent of which elite’s influence implementation. Communication and cooperation through agencies is not uncommon but unlikely due to the fact that agencies are trying to complete their own goals and are not aware they share the same/similar goals with neighboring agencies. When a bureaucracy works well, it harnesses many…

    • 830 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Centralia No. 5

    • 1101 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Stillman, R. (2010). Public administration concepts and cases (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co. pp. 30-44.…

    • 1101 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    The author, James Q. Wilson, provides an example that in 1971, the federal government provided fifty four million dollars to various social security programs, however, the Social Security Administration only employed 73,000 people at the time. The increases in the size of the bureaucratic agencies affect the executive branch of the government. For example, from 1816 to 1861, the employment in the executive branch increased from 4,837 to 36,672. However, eighty six percent of this growth was the result of additions to the postal service. After 1861, many new departments were formed relating to agriculture, labor and commerce, which have led to a clientelisitc (client oriented) bureaucracy. In addition, the government began to formally give bureaucratic recognition to the many peculiar interests in the economy.…

    • 268 Words
    • 1 Page
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Bureaucracy and Democracy

    • 260 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Hall, D. E. (2012). Administrative Law: Bureaucracy in a Democracy 5e. In D. E. Hall, Bureaucracy and Democracy (pp. 32-39). New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.…

    • 260 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Best Essays

    Phillips, S. (2006). The Political Executive and Bureaucracy: On Top and on Tap in Rand Dyck, ed. Toronto: Thompson Nelson.…

    • 2739 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Sneed, Bethany.G. 2007. Glass walls in state bureaucracies: Examining the difference departmental function can make. Public Administration Review. Washington. Retrieved February 8th, 2009 from Proquest ABI/INFORM Global Database.…

    • 6942 Words
    • 28 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Video: CUNY graduate center panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Street-Level Bureaucracy. Participants are Michael Lipsky, Distinguished Senior fellow at Demos and Research Professor at Georgetown University; John Mollenkopf, Director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY Graduate Center; Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Human Services of the City of New York; and Ellen Schall, Dean of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU. Introduction by RSF President Eric…

    • 1438 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays