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According to Max Weber, a hierarchical authority structure that uses task specialization, operates on the merit principle, and behaves with impersonality. Govern modern states.
Bureaucracy
One of the key inducements used by political machines. A patronage job, promotion, or contract is one that is given for political reasons rather than for merit or competence alone.
Patronage
Passed in 1883, an Act that created a federal civil service so that hiring and promotion would be based on merit rather than patronage.
Pendleton Civil Service Act
A system of hiring and promotion based on the merit principle and the desire to create a nonpartisan government service.
Civil Service
The idea that hiring should be based on entrance exams and promotion ratings to produce administration by people with talent and skill.
Merit Principle
A federal law prohibiting government employees from active participation in partisan politics.
Hatch Act
The office in charge of hiring for most agencies of the federal government, using elaborate rules in the process.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
A schedule for federal employees ranging from GS 1 to GS 18, by which salaries can be keyed to rating and experience.
GS (General Schedule) Rating
An elite cadre of about 9,000 federal government managers, established by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, who are mostly career officials but include some political appointees who do not require Senate confirmation.
Senior Executive Service (SES)
A government agency responsible for some sector of the economy, making and enforcing rules to protect the public interest. It also judges disputes over these rules.
Independent Regulatory Agency