Study Guide

Federal Bureaucracy Concepts

Bureaucrats Have Bad Reputations

The word "bureaucrat" is, for many, a kind of slurFor many, bureaucrats embody the worst aspects...

Structure of the Bureaucracy

Federal bureaucracy is divided into fifteen different executive departments and hundreds of...

Growth of the Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy grew slowly before Civil War, but then expanded quickly in 20th centuryFederal...

The Spoils System

Gilded Age corruption led to civil service reform in 1883Today, two-thirds of government jobs are...

Accountability in Government

Government rules and union contracts do make it quite difficult to fire federal employeesFederal...

Government Waste

Federal bureaucracy was not created systematically, but grew haphazardly over timeThere are some...

Government Regulation

Do government bureaucrats impose regulations that hamstring the economy? This is a tough...