Who holds the bureaucracy accountable?

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Who holds the bureaucracy accountable?

Civil servants are recruited directly into the institutions after being selected by competitions set by EPSO, the official selection office. They are allocated to departments, known as Directorates-General (DGs), each covering one or more related policy areas.

They derive that power from variety of sources: external support, expertise, bureaucratic discretion, longevity, skill, and leadership. Limits to bureaucratic power come from the legal and political controls exercised by the presidency, Congress, courts, and various groups.

Q. Why was Weber concerned about the rationalization of society?

Although the development of formal rationality was essential for the modern Western society to advance economically and develop corporate organization, Weber feared that formal rationality would become a dominant force in the modern Western society.

Q. Where do bureaucrats get their power?

Expertise of bureaucrats: The people who administer policy often know much more about those issues than the president or members of Congress. This expertise gives the bureaucrats power.

Q. How are civil servants chosen?

Formal and informal powers of Congress, the president, and the courts over the bureaucracy are used to maintain its accountability. The system of divided supervision creates checks and balances while at the same time often encouraging agencies to play one branch of government against the other.

Q. How are bureaucrats held accountable?

In these three ways, then – appointments, reorganization, and monitoring by the Office of Management and Budget – the president helps rein in those big bureaucratic Clydesdales and holds the bureaucracy accountable for its actions.

Q. What are two ways that citizens can keep the bureaucracy accountable?

Both Congress and the president exercise direct oversight over the bureaucracy by holding hearings, making appointments, and setting budget allowances. Citizens exercise their oversight powers through their use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and by voting.

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