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chapter 15: the bureaucracy
Terms in this set (14)
A large, complex organization composed of appointed officials.
government by proxy
Washington pays state and local governments and private groups to staff and administer federal programs.
an economic theory that government should not regulate or interfere with commerce.
The extent to which appointed bureaucrats can choose courses of action and make policies that are not spelled out in advance by laws.
the government offices to which people are appointed on the basis of merit, as ascertained by a written exam or by applying certain selection criteria.
a job that is filled by a person whom an agency has already identified.
A close relationship between an agency, a congressional committee, and an interest group.
A network of people in Washington, D.C.-based interest groups, on congressional staffs, in universities and think tanks, and in the mass media, who regularly discuss and advocate public policies.
legislative permission to begin or continue a government program or agency.
A legislative grant of money to finance a government program or agency.
funds for government programs collected and spent outside the regular government budget.
the ability of a congressional committee to review and approve certain agency decisions in advance and without passing a law.
The authority of Congress to block a presidential action after it has taken place. The Supreme Court has held that Congress does not have this power.
complex bureaucratic rules and procedures that must be followed to get something done.
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