The Pros And Cons Of Bureaucracy

1481 Words6 Pages
Bureaucracy:
To most people and politicians: bureaucracy = negative connotation
To scholars and bureaucrats: bureaucracy = neutral meaning
Consists of appointed officials who work in a large and complicated organization
Authority is divided among many groups of people
Opposite of a dictatorship (bureaucracy is rule by many people who work together to make decisions)
Ex. corporations, universities, congress
Government by proxy:
The principal our federal government runs on
Consists of money given to private groups and local governments by the federal government in order to fund federal programs
Ex. Social Security and medicare
Negatives:
The money sent to public and private agencies by the federal government is not regulated or monitored
Citizens may
…show more content…
Discretionary authority = the power of appointed officials to decide the course of action and make new policies
Bureaucrats have a lot of discretionary authority because they have the ability to make policies that may not be regulated closely by congress
Laws may be created by people with special expertise
Ex. bureaucrats
How does Congress exert control over the bureaucracy?
Regulates the budget - can control how much money each agency in the bureaucracy receives
Make investigations into scandals
Can have hearings about various topics
What happened to make the bureaucracy a “fourth branch” of American national government?
The bureaucracy has a lot of power - can pass things easily
Often easier than other branches of government
The Great Depression and WWII helped increase the power of the bureaucracy
Great depression resulted in a more active government
Taxes increased after WWII
What is the actual size and scope of the federal bureaucracy?
Millions of employees, agencies, subcommittee, committee...
What should be done to improve bureaucratic performance?
Increase efficiency while decreasing
Open Document