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Public Administration and Intergovernmental Relations

Why is Max Weber's characterization of bureaucracy considered the essential building block for understanding the formal institutional structures of public administration?

Using ONE of the issues below, briefly explain why intergovernmental relations is so complex in the US:a ) Illegal immigrationb) Homeland securityc) Educationd) Welfare

Why is Woodrow Wilson described as the father of Public Administration in the US?

Briefly explain the meaning of political power and administrative power.

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Why is Max Weber's characterization of bureaucracy considered the essential building block for understanding the formal institutional structures of public administration?

Max Weber was the first to delineate, in detail, the nature of the modern state. The state that developed from the 18th to the 20th century was marked by the growth of a professional bureaucracy based on merit and ability. It is this formal approach to administration that Weber laid out. Modern states have grown in power, reach and coercive ability precisely because of the development of a professional administration. States can even become absolute only because the bureaucracy is a professional, specialized and hierarchical body of highly trained officials who work for and are loyal to the state. In fact, they are the state. Without this sort of administration, the modern state cannot be understood. This is the nature of Weber's analysis and why it is so significant.

Using ONE of the issues below, briefly explain why intergovernmental relations is so complex in the US: a) Illegal immigration, b) Homeland security, c) Education, d) Welfare.

I chose homeland security. Check out this article from the US Senate:
http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/about/jurisdiction

The US Department of Homeland Security is an executive agency, responsible to the President. However, the system of separation of powers demands that the legislature have oversight capability over it. In this case, it is the Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Under that, subcommittees include ...

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The expert examines public administration and intergovernmental relations. Why Max Weber's characterization of bureaucracy considered the essential building block for understanding the formal institutional structures of public administration is determined.

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