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The Post Office and Amtrak are examples of:
A)private corporations.
B)government corporations.
C)independent agencies.
D)regulatory agencies.

Whenever Congress has perceived a need for close and continuous control of an economic activity, it has tended to create a:
A)cabinet department.
B)presidential commission.
C)government corporation.
D)regulatory agency.

"Street-level" bureaucracy as described by Lipsky refers to the discretion used by lower level officials in the:
A)initiation of policy.
B)development of policy.
C)delivery of services.
D)evaluation of programs.

The federal bureaucracy's policy responsibilities include:
A)not going beyond the administration of policy.
B)exercising discretion in policy in a few highly restricted areas.
C)exemption from discretion in carrying out its policy responsibilities.
D)not simply administering policy but making it as well.

The modern civil service system is based on:
A)informal standards of ability for people doing specific tasks.
B)codified classifications and prerequisite experience or competitive testing.
C)promotion and salary commensurate with partisan policy activity.
D)executive selection from a field of equally qualified applicants.

The administrative concept of neutral competence holds that the bureaucracy should:
A)be staffed by people chosen on the basis of ability and who work fairly on behalf of all citizens.
B)stay out of conflicts between Congress and the president.
C)be structured on the basis of the principles of specialization, hierarchy and formal rules.
D)not permit in-fighting between agencies.

The chief goal of the executive leadership system is:
A)the shifting of power from Congress to the president.
B)the establishment of partisanship as the basis for the administration of policy.
C)improved coordination among the bureaucracy's programs and agencies.
D)a better system for training entry level bureaucrats.

Three terms from your text that best characterize bureaucracy are:
A)hierarchy, specialization and rules.
B)inefficiency, inflexibility and red tape.
C)honesty, efficiency and patronage.
D)corruption, incompetence and spoils.

Responsibility for oversight of the bureaucracy belongs chiefly to the:

In promoting their agency's goals, bureaucrats rely on:
  1. their expert knowledge.
  2. the backing of the president and Congress.
  3. the support of interests that benefit from the agency's programs.
  4. judicial support.
A)2 and 4.
B)1, 3, 4.
C)2, 3, 4.
D)1, 2, 3.
E)all the above.

The final authority to approve or disapprove an agency's budget lies with the:
A)cabinet secretary.

Iron triangles typically involve all except which one of the following:
A)bureaucratic agencies.
B)White House aides.
C)clientele groups.
D)congressional subcommitees.

Which of the following groups cannot limit the power of the bureaucracy?
C)the electorate

The appeal of bureaucracy as a form of organization is that it:
A)increases unnecessary duplication of tasks.
B)can only be used in the private sector.
C)allows individuals great latitude in completing a task.
D)is the most efficient means of getting people to work together on tasks of great magnitude.

Which of the following is not a criticism of the federal bureaucracy:
A)It is rigid and costly.
B)It enables modern government to undertake large and ambitious programs.
C)It is not directly accountable to the American people.
D)Its size and fragmentation make it hard to control.
E)b and c only.

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