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5 Matching questions

  1. Civil Service Commission
  2. Spoils System
  3. Bureaucracy
  4. Cabinet Department
  5. Merit System
  1. a The selection, retention, and promotion of government employees on the basis of competitive examinations.
  2. b A large organization that is structured hierarchically to carry out specific functions.
  3. c The awarding of government jobs to political supporters and friends.
  4. d The initial central personnel agency of the national government; created in 1883.
  5. e One of the 15 departments of the executive branch (State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Energy, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs).

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. A federal agency that is not part of a cabinet department but reports directly to the president.
  2. The act by which an industry being regulated by a government agency gains direct or indirect control over agency personnel and decision makers.
  3. An agency outside the major executive departments charged with making and implementing rules and regulations.
  4. A law that requires all committee-directed federal agencies to conduct their business regularly in public session.
  5. A model of bureaucracy developed by the German sociologist Max Weber, who viewed bureaucracies as rational, hierarchical organizations in which decisions are based on logical reasoning.

5 True/False questions

  1. Monopolistic ModelA model of bureaucracy that views top-level bureaucrats as seeking constantly to expand the size of their budgets and the staffs of their departments or agencies so as to gain greater power and influence in the public sector.


  2. PrivatizationThe replacement of government services with services provided by private firms.


  3. Sunset LegislationLaws requiring that existing programs be reviewed regularly for their effectiveness and be terminated unless specifically extended as a result of these reviews.


  4. Government CorporationAn agency of government that administers a quasi-business enterprise. These corporations are used when activities are primarily commercial.


  5. WhistleblowerA group of individuals or organizations— which may consist of legislators and legislative staff members, interest group leaders, bureaucrats, the media, scholars, and other experts—that supports a particular policy position on a given issue.