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Bureaucracy
A large organization that is structured hierarchically to carry out specific functions.
Weberian Model
A model of bureaucracy developed by the German sociologist Max Weber, who viewed bureaucracies as rational, hierarchical organizations in which power flows from the top downward and decisions are based on logical reasoning and data analysis
Acquisitive Model
A model of bureaucracy that views top-level bureaucrats as seeking constantly to expand the size of their budgets and the staffs of their departments or agencies so as to gain greater power and influence in the public sector.
Monopolistic Model
A model of bureaucracy that compares bureaucracies to monopolistic business firms. Lack of competition within a bureaucracy leads to inefficient and costly operations. Because bureaucracies are not penalized for inefficiency, there is no incentive to reduce costs or use resources more productively.
Administrative Agency
A federal, state, or local government unit established to perform a specific function. Administrative agencies are created and authorized by legislative bodies to administer and enforce specific laws
Cabinet Department
One of the fourteen departments of the executive branch (State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Energy, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs).
Line Organization
With respect to the federal government, an administrative unit that is directly accountable to the president.
Independent Executive Agency
A federal agency that is not part of a cabinet department but reports directly to the president
Independent Regulatory Agency
An agency outside the major executive departments charged with making and implementing rules and regulations to protect the public interest.
Agency Capture.
The act of gaining direct or indirect control over agency personnel and decision makers by the industry that is being regulated.
Deregulation and Reregulation of Agnecies
constantly changing
the removal of regulatory restraints—the opposite of regulation
Government Corporation
An agency of government that administers a quasi-business enterprise. These corporations are used when activities are primarily commercial. They produce revenue for their continued existence, and they require greater flexibility than is permitted for departments and agencies.