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Ch 6: US Federal Bureaucracy

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Review the U.S. federal bureaucracy with this mobile-friendly study guide chapter. These engaging lessons and quizzes are great options for anyone who needs to prepare for a political science test, catch up in a class, improve their grades or simply refresh their U.S. government knowledge.

US Federal Bureaucracy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll explore the foundations of the U.S. federal bureaucracy. These bite-sized and informative political science lessons outline the bureaucracy's structure and characteristics, and you can also explore how the bureaucracy interacts with congress, the presidency and the cabinet. You can work through the chapter at your own pace using any Internet-connected device. Each lesson comes with a short quiz, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam. If you need any extra help, you can submit questions to our instructors online. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the role, characteristics and structure of the bureaucracy
  • Recognize factors that contribute to bureaucratic problems
  • Assess the relationship between the presidency, the cabinet and the bureaucracy
  • Identify sources of power/influence on congress and the bureaucracy
  • Define the concept of bureaucratic accountability

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: US Federal Bureaucracy
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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 Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

3. 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

4. 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.

Bureaucratic Accountability: Definition & Institutions

5. 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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