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Politics of the United States
PSCI Workbook Assignment 4
The University of North Texas. Political Science 1040. Dr. King.
Terms in this set (25)
Who has the power to oversee and monitor agencies through committee hearings?
What is politicization of the federal bureaucracy?
strategy whereby presidents appoint like-minded individuals to head agencies
What factors fuel misconceptions of the federal bureaucracy?
Presidents who campaign against the size of the government. Media reports of waste and inefficiency in the bureaucracy. The bureaucrats are unelected officials.
Bureaucrats are most likely to be responsive to politicians on policies that are...
salient, but not complex
Initially, who had primary control over the budget?
Under President Bush, the ___________ was created as part of a reorganization plan and was charged with preventing and responding to terrorist threats.
Department of Homeland Security
Presidents reorganize agencies...
successfully, so long as both houses of Congress do not veto the Presidents plan within sixty days.
Under what circumstances did Donald Rumsfeld leave his position as Secretary of Defense?
Rumsfeld resigned because his strategy in the war in Iraq was not working
Has the budget been a successful tool to control bureaucratic behavior?
Rarely, such as FY 1982 budget cuts to the EPA
President Reagan cut funding for which agency because he was not happy with the excessive governmental regulation of business?
According to the essay, who campaigned on the theme that the size of government should be reduced?
Reasons why the federal budget continues to grow are that...
members of Congress have an incentive to spend for their constituents and it is inertial, meaning that each years budget is larger that the previous one
Complexity encourages policy adoption and implementation:
outside the public eye
How did the president gain power in the budget process?
Congress legislated that the president would initiate a yearly federal budget that they would then approve
One of the primary tools that the president and legislators have to control the bureaucracy is
the yearly federal budget
Because of international strife and terrorism, we are moving into an era where:
more policy responsibility will be delegated to the vast federal bureaucracy.
An issue that is highly salient and complex, often causing politicians to vote against the will of their constituents
The Federal Civil Services was created with the passage of the
Pendleton Act of 1883
Which types of signals are likely to increase Presidential influence over the bureaucracy?
Positive ones, because they increase agency morale
What is the centralization strategy in reorganization?
giving the president direct access to key personnel by placing their offices in the White House
Why is the budget a limited tool of influence?
the budget increases each year
may take the form of police patrol or fire alarm oversight
The theory of overhead democracy concerns how elected officials
make the bureaucracy accountable to citizens in a democracy
Police patrol oversight occurs when members of congressional committees
actively keep tabs on what an agency is or is not doing.
According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, the President has authority
to appoint with the advice and consent of the Senate.
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