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Ch 11: AP US Government and Politics: The Federal Bureaucracy

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Watch video lessons and learn about federal bureaucracies in the United States. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

The Federal Bureaucracy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

A federal bureaucracy is responsible for creating administrative rules and regulations for state and federal programs. Some examples of Executive Branch bureaucracies are Cabinet departments, government corporations and independent agencies. After watching these video lessons on the federal bureaucracy, you should have an understanding of:

  • Bureaucracies as they relate to Congress
  • Different institutions that are responsible for ensuring bureaucratic accountability
  • Conflict with regard to bureaucracies

Video Objective
What is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure and Characteristics Explain bureaucracy and its foremost role in American government.
The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors Explore the effects and consequences of duplication, red tape, waste and imperialism in government.
The History and Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S. Learn about historical developments in American bureaucracy.
The Presidency, the Cabinet and the Bureaucracy Learn about the Cabinet's functions and discuss their relationship with the President.
The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power and Influence Study issue networks, iron triangles and oversight.
Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition and Institutions Explain how Congress, the courts and the President keep the bureaucracy accountable.
Elections and Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy Examine the effects of public perception on the outcomes of elections.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: AP US Government and Politics: The Federal Bureaucracy
What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

1. What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

In this lesson, we will study the American bureaucracy. We will explore its nature and characteristics, examine its role and functions, and take a close look at its human face.

The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

2. The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

In this lesson, we will examine some of the problems of bureaucracy, including red tape, conflict, duplication, imperialism, and waste. Then, we'll take a look at a few ways in which the government has attempted to solve these problems.

The History & Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S.

3. The History & Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S.

In this lesson, we will examine the history of the American bureaucracy. We will trace its development from its earliest days through its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present.

The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

4. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

In this lesson, we will explore the relationships between the president and the bureaucracy. We will focus especially on the cabinet, independent regulatory agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget.

The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence

5. The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between the bureaucracy and Congress. We will focus especially on congressional powers to create, enable, and review the bureaucracy, as well as on the Iron Triangle and issue networks.

Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

6. Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

In this lesson, we will look at some of the many ways in which the president, Congress, and the courts hold the bureaucracy accountable, or responsible, for its actions and performance.

Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy

7. Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy

In this lesson, we will take a close look at how the political process and public perception impact the bureaucracy. We will do so through four scenarios that show the operation of these elements at local and national levels.

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