Vague Policy Mandate Analysis

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In our society, pubic administrators are sometimes given vague policy mandates from legislators for a variety of reasons. One reason why public administrators are given vague policy mandates is because of their wealth of knowledge and advanced sophistication in specific specialized skills such as “recording keeping and information gathering to allow them to develop expertise on some matters that cannot be matched elsewhere in society” (Rosenbloom, 2015, p. 59). In other words, public administers used their expertise and political and personal experiences to assist them in making a good decisions when facing difficult and complex issues. According to Rosenbloom, “ Not only do public administrators often know more about many aspects of the…show more content…
One reason why vague policy mandates can serve as a disadvantage to public administrators is because vague policy mandates have no guidance nor direction and they can lead to legislators losing political support from political groups or people. According to Rosenbloom, “ political expediency dictates that legislative will not take a firm stand on an issue which may be controversial, divisive, and loss of support among segments of the electorate” (Rosenbloom, 2015, p. 60). Rosenbloom is saying that political expediency can impact legislators in a damaging way because vague mandates can lead to great political dilemmas, divide people against each people, and lose support from…show more content…
As a result, the enforcement of policy must be selective in a particular area. However, this coarse of action can be bias because more focus and attention is placed on one group of people rather than the greater society. Rosenbloom says, “Where selective enforcement manifests a pattern…administrative decisions have clear political consequences because they determine the distribution of benefits and/or burdens created by public policies” (Rosenbloom, 2015, p. 61). In other words, probable cause , racial profiling, and immigrant verification are common in poor low-income neighbors rather rich neighbors because of higher crime rates and therefor, considerable action must be taken place to in a reasonable manner to maintain safety and security. In addition, vague policy mandates can be a disadvantage to public administrators because vague policies can lead to different interpretations of a policy and allow room for confusion and tension to arise among people in achieving a desire goal. According to Feldman, the presence of ‘‘many possible ways of perceiving’’ means that there are ‘‘competing interpretations’’ ( Feldman,1989, 7). Therefore, an organizational goal loses clear understanding, and eventually becomes inconclusive and unproductive when it
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