Politics and the Bureaucracy Policymaking in the Fourth Branch of Government

ISBN-10: 0495007471

ISBN-13: 9780495007470

Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Kenneth J. Meier, John Bohte

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This best-selling textbook is unique because of its focus on the political side of bureaucracy. Presenting bureaucracy as a political institution, this book covers the controls on bureaucracy and how bureaucracy makes policy. It is known for its current survey of the political science literature and interesting topical examples and case studies.
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Book details

List price: $200.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Bureaucracy and Politics
Bureaucracy: A Favorite Target
Criticism and Rhetoric
Efficiency: An Untested Hypothesis
Is Efficiency a Goal? Administrative Power as Political Power
Federal Housing
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The National Health Service Corps
The Federal Trade Commission
Administrative Power: A Difficult Term
Summary
The Structure of American Bureaucracy
The Organization of the Federal Government
Departments
Independent Agencies
The Government Corporation
The Advisory Committee
Minor Boards, Committees, and Commissions
The Political Bureaus of the President and Congress
The Size of the Bureaucracy
Budgetary Growth
The Federal Personnel System
The Career Civil Service
The Senior Executive Service
The Separate Merit Systems
The Excepted Service
The Executive Schedule
Dismissals
State and Local Bureaucracies
Implementation Networks
Summary
Bureaucratic Power and its Causes
A Framework for the Study of Bureaus
Why Bureaucracy Is a Policymaking Institution
The Nature of American Politics
The Organization of Government
Task Demands
The Nature of Bureaucracy's Function
Sources of Bureau Power
External Sources of Bureaucratic Power: Political Support
Internal Sources of Bureau Power
Summary
Bureaucracy and Public Policy
Regulatory Policy
The Scope of Regulatory Policy
Regulatory Bureau Policymaking
The Structure of Regulatory Agencies
The Environment of Regulatory Agencies
Redistributive Policy
The Scope of Redistributive Policy
The Structure of Redistributive Bureaus
Redistributive Bureau Policymaking
The Environment of Redistributive Agencies
Distributive Policy
The Scope of Distributive Policy
The Structure of Distributive Bureaus
Distributive Bureau Policymaking
The Environment of Distributive Agencies
Constituent Policy
The Scope of Constituent Policy
The Structure of Constituent Policy
Constituent Bureau Policymaking
The Environment of Constituent Policy Bureaus
Summary
Bureaucracy and The Public's Expectations
Two Standards for Bureaucracy
Responsiveness I: Political Institutions, the Public, Law
Responsiveness II: Flexibility
Responsiveness III: Ethics
Responsiveness IV: Fair and Impartial
Competence I: Effectiveness
Competence II: Timeliness
Competence III: Efficiency
Competence IV: Reliability
Whose Fault Is It?
The Problem of Political Executives
Summary
Controlling the Bureaucracy
Overhead Democracy
Legislative Controls on Bureaucratic Power
Legislation
Budgeting
Legislative Veto and Consultations
Oversight
Informal Contacts
Congressional Controls: Summary
Judicial Controls on Bureaucratic Power
Court Impact
Limits on Courts
Presidential Controls on Bureaucratic Power
Organizational Powers
Budget Powers
The Powers of Commander-in-Chief
Leadership
Restraints on Presidential Controls
Federalism as a Check on Bureaucracy
State Agencies as a Check on Federal Agencies
Federal Checks on State Bureaucracies
Federalism as a Check
The Ombudsman
Direct Democratic Control: Noncompliance
Summary
Controlling Bureaucracy
The Administrative Platonist
The Fellowship of Science
The New Public Administration
Representative Bureaucracy
Participative Administration
Individual-Group Linkage
Group-Administrative Elite Linkage
Public Choice
Summary
Reforming the Bureaucracy
How Much Control Is Needed?
The Performance of American Bureaucracy
Redundancy: The Impact of Duplication
Strengthening Political Institutions
The President
Congress
The Courts
Interest Groups
Creating a Better Merit System
Reform Entrance Procedures and Educational Training
Raise the Prestige of the Civil Service
Increased Executive Mobility
Awakening the American People
Increase Public Awareness of Politics and Participation
Increase Public Awareness of Bureau Policy making
Eliminate the Stereotypes of Bureaucracy
End Passive Acceptance of Delay
Lower People's Expectations of Government
A Hobson's Choice
Bibliography
Index
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