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Ch 10: Federal Bureaucracy in the U.S.

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Use our lessons and quizzes to help you understand the structure and function of U.S. federal government bureaucracy in preparation for the MTEL History exam. These videos may assist you in correctly answering test questions on this subject.

MTEL History: Federal Bureaucracy in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Let us aid in your review of the structure and responsibilities of the U.S. federal bureaucracy as you study for the MTEL History exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes may assist you in correctly answering these types of exam questions:

  • Describing the structure and role of bureaucracy in the U.S. government
  • Looking at problems with government bureaucracies
  • Exploring the history of U.S. bureaucracy
  • Describing the cabinet, and listing government agencies and their duties
  • Examining how Congress and bureaucracy relate
  • Discussing the influence on elections and public opinion on the size of bureaucracy
  • Naming institutions that hold the bureaucracy accountable

Developed and presented by professional instructors, these engaging video lessons and quizzes offer solid insight on the federal bureaucracy. The information acquired here may assist you with exam questions on this topic.

MTEL History: Federal Bureaucracy in the U.S. Chapter Objectives

All teachers in Massachusetts who want certification to teach history must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics discussed in this chapter on the U.S. federal bureaucracy are in the exam's subarea on geography, government and economics, which makes up 25% of the total exam score.

This subarea's questions are multiple-choice, and the exam is computer-based. The short quizzes that accompany each of our video lessons have similar questions and will allow you to gain experience taking this type of test. The quizzes also let you check your knowledge of the subject and determine the areas you need to study more.

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: Federal Bureaucracy in the U.S.
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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.

Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy

6. 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.

Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

7. 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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