Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions


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Which of the following is a potential hazard that the bureaucracy can run into as it goes about its daily routine?

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1. A union member is unsatisfied with the function of bureaucracy in the U.S. He has written to the president, Congress and the courts, hoping that they can somehow manage to increase the level of bureaucratic accountability. Which of them should he NOT have contacted as they have no impact on bureaucratic accountability?

2. How can the president hold the bureaucracy accountable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several forms of bureaucratic accountability. This quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of what constitutes bureaucratic accountability and how it is practiced.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions, forms and affects of:

  • Bureaucratic accountability
  • Congressional activity in relation to the federal bureaucracy
  • Judicial activity in relation to the federal bureaucracy
  • Presidential activity in relation to the federal bureaucracy
  • Bureaucratic hazards

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different ways the federal bureaucracy is held accountable by the president, the congress, and the judicial system
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of bureaucratic accountability as it applies to different sectors of government
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding problems encountered by the federal bureaucracy

Additional Learning

To learn more about the federal bureaucracy, review the accompanying lesson on Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of America's federal bureaucracy in government
  • Identify the various obstacles faced by the federal bureaucracy
  • Define bureaucratic accountability
  • Understand the president's influence on and control of the bureaucracy
  • Understand the role of the president's office of management and budget in relation to the bureaucracy
  • Understand the role of congress' government accountability office in keeping tabs on the bureaucracy