Ch 6: The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States

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The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Sometimes we hear the term 'bureaucracy' used in a negative sense, but this administrative structure also has its positive aspects. This chapter's instructor will explain U.S. bureaucracy's organization and its roles, in addition to the main issues associated with this model. You can also learn how elections affect bureaucracy and hear about the institutions in place to assure accountability. As you come to the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss modern bureaucracy and its purposes in the U.S.
  • Outline the problems related to this structure
  • Explain how elections affect bureaucracy
  • Explore the concept of accountability and how that relates to bureaucracy

Video Objectives
What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics Explore the main role of American bureaucracy.
The Problems of Bureaucracy: Contributing Factors Explain how imperialism, red tape, waste and duplication are problems related to bureaucracy.
The History & Impact of Governmental Bureaucracy in the U.S. Discuss how bureaucracy developed over the years.
The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy Explain the relationships between the President and the Cabinet, independent regulatory agencies and the Office of Management and Budget.
The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence Address oversight, issue networks and iron triangles as connections between Congress and the bureaucracy.
Elections & Public Perception: Impact on the Bureaucracy Consider how public perception and bureaucracy are affected by elections.
Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions Explain how the President, Congress and the courts ensure bureaucratic accountability.
7 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States
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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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