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Ch 10: The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States in Political Science: Help and Review

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The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States chapter of this Intro to Political Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master our nation's federal bureaucracy. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of federal bureaucracy in the United States.

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  • Have fallen behind in understanding bureaucratic accountability, characteristics and challenges.
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  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
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  • Verify you're ready by completing The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States chapter exam.

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Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How is the federal bureaucracy organized, and what is its role in government?
  • How has the federal bureaucracy changed over time?
  • What effects do conflict, red tape and other challenges have on federal bureaucracy?
  • What relationships exist among the president, cabinet and independent government agencies?
  • How do Congress and the federal bureaucracy relate to each other?
  • What are the effects of elections on federal bureaucracy?
  • How do Congress, the courts and the president maintain bureaucratic accountability?

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States in Political Science: Help and Review
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What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

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

Understanding a bureaucracy and its role requires a breakdown of its characteristics and functions. Learn the structure and purpose of a bureaucracy, explore its four key characteristics, and discover its three main functions with an example.

The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

2. The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors

Bureaucracy is designed to help the government run effectively and efficiently, but it can face problems. Learn about five common problems of bureaucracy and their contributing factors, and learn about some attempts at reforming such problems.

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

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

The bureaucracy of the American government is comprised of roughly four million federal employees who handle the day-to-day operation of the government of the United States. Trace the history of the federal government's bureaucracy to the nation's beginning, and discover the impact the bureaucracy has had on the country historically.

The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

4. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

The office of the President of the United States includes many advisors. This lesson explores the president's cabinet, the bureaucracy that handles the president's day-to-day operations, and other governmental bodies that advise the president.

The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence

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

Congress has a working relationship with the Washington bureaucracy, which is a group of federal employees who manage the daily business of running the goverenment. Explore how Congress creates, enables, and reviews the bureaucracy, and examine the power and influence of the so-called Iron Triangle coalitions on policymaking decisions.

Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy

6. Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy

Elected officials and public opinion impact the American bureaucracy, which handles the day-to-day business of the government. Examine how bureaucracy is impacted by elections and public perception through four scenarios involving the local community, the president, Congress, and lawsuits.

Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

7. Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

Bureaucratic accountability refers to the government's ability to hold the bureaucracy responsible for its conduct and activity. Explore the definition and institutions of bureaucratic accountability and learn about presidential scrutiny, Congress's role, and court action.

What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

8. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

A Federal Government is a nation's system of designating power, whether to a central government or local state government. Learn the benefits of power distribution through a case example (The United States), and explore the structure and benefits of a federal government system.

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