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Lecture 8

POLB50 Lecture 8

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Political Science
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Christopher Cochrane

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POLB50 Lecture 8 November-01-12 3:00 PM Cue Column: Note-Taking Area: Bureaucracy • Critical component of gov't • Impartial ○ Definition: serves gov't no matter which party rules; non- partisan ○ Public service commission  Hiring decisions made by non-partisan officials; independen t ○ Based on merit instead patronage  Establish rigid criteria that everyone must meet to get job  If not, they will not hire (prevents patronage) • Steering vs. Rowing ○ Why have this system?  Bureaucracy is rule based  Requires a lot of people; how to maintain control? □ Rigid system --> bureaucrats 'row', politicians 'steer' ○ Bureaucrats implement ○ Problems:  Inconsistent with citizen demand in service based context □ Discretion key in good service or bad service □ Want efficient and flexible service ○ Line departments  Organizations within bureaucracy □ Cabinet minister  Politician
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