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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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
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