POLS 240 Lecture 10: PoliticalScience240_092716
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POLS 240
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27 September 2016
POLS 240
Class 10
1
Week 7 - Organization Problems
Exam - 25 multiple choice, couple short answer, 1 essay
1. Organization Problems
a. Government isn’t perceived at effective or innovative
i. Perceptions of waste, fraud, abuse
ii. Distrust of government
b. Most government programs work well majority of time
c. Choice of organizational structure is inherently political
2. Kaufman’s basic organizational values
a. Neutral competence
i. Creation of highly skilled bureaucracy
ii. Insulated from political decisions undermine efficiency
b. Executive leadership
c. Representativeness
3. Interagency conflict
a. Purpose
i. Department of Health and Human Services serves general population
through health research and health system financing and welfare programs
b. Clientele
i. Department of Veterans Affairs serves veterans
4. Interagency coordination
a. Conflict is inevitable, and can undermine coordination
b. Horizontal coordination
i. Draws related agencies together in a common purpose
c. Vertical coordination
i. Requires intervention by a coordinator
ii. Two conflicting agencies are brought together by organizational superior
of both
d. Interagency agreements
i. Treaties negotiated by concerned agencies
e. Interagency committees
i. Cabinent, subcabinet, and bureau levels exist
f. Lead agency formula
g. Clearance procedure
5. Role of staff
a. Pure staff
i. Staff that provide general support to agency’s line activities
b. Auxiliary staff
i. Staff that provide housekeeping function or administrative support
c. Control staff
i. Staff that help top officials
6. Obstacles to reorganization
a. Many presidents attempt reorganization, but few are willing to expend political
capital to make significant changes
b. Most organizations favor stability, not fluidity
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27 September 2016 1 POLS 240 Class 10 Week 7 - Organization Problems Exam - 25 multiple choice, couple short answer, 1 essay 1. Organization Problems a. Government isn’t perceived at effective or innovative a.i. Perceptions of waste, fraud, abuse a.ii. Distrust of government b. Most government programs work well majority of time c. Choice of organizational structure is inherently political 2. Kaufman’s basic organizational values a. Neutral competence a.i. Creation of highly skilled bureaucracy a.ii. Insulated from political decisions – undermine efficiency b. Executive leadership c. Representativeness 3. Interagency conflict a. Purpose a.i. Department of Health and Human Services serves general population through health research and health system financing and welfare programs b. Clientele b.i. Department of Veterans Affairs serves veterans 4. Interagency coordination a. Conflict is inevitable, and can undermine coordination b.
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