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Bureaucracy - Chapter Summary
These lessons provide you with an overview of bureaucracy in America. This effective and engaging study resource will help you review the role and characteristics of bureaucracy and identify sources of its power and influence. You'll also take a look at bureaucratic institutions and the concept of bureaucratic accountability. After you complete the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:
- Define the role, structure and characteristics of bureaucracy
- Recognize sources of power and influence related to bureaucracy and congress
- Understand bureaucratic accountability
This short chapter can be studied in sequence to help you get a full-dimensional view of bureaucratic topics. Alternatively, you can quickly jump to specific concepts using the course Dashboard and video timelines. Our instructors have a straightforward and streamlined instructional style that allows you to take away important information as efficiently as possible and enjoy the process of studying bureaucracy. To make sure that you fully understand bureaucracy's structure, power and influence, we've included interactive self-assessment quizzes following each lesson. Word-for-word lesson transcripts can be printed to enhance your studying experience. These lessons are accessible 24/7 and we've made these resources available on any desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet so you can study at home, at school, at the office or on-the-go.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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