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Answer the three of the following questions regarding a variety of topics covered in the course (one page minimum, two pages maximum, double spaced, with 1 inch margins, 11 or 12 point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font).

Make sure your paragraphs are well-constructed and contain substantive sentences. Each paragraph should contain between 4 and 7 sentences. Be careful of run-on sentences. Cite as many course readings as possible, but make sure they are relevant to the question and answer you are providing. Make sure you edit your work and present me with clear and organized work.

No outside research is required or expected for this exam. You already have all the material you need to answer the questions.


Readings:

1. Wilson - Study of Administration 





2. Rosenbloom - PA Dichotomy in Historical Context 





3. Weber - Bureaucracy 





4. Rosenbloom - PA Theory and the Separation of Powers 





5. Rohr - Ethics for Bureaucrats 





6. Adams and Balfour - Unmasking Administrative Evil 





7. Stillman and Heclo - Relationship between Politics and Administration 





8. Kingdon - How Does an Idea's Time Come? 





9. Rosenbloom and Piotrowski - Outsourcing the Constitution 





10. Rosenbloom - The Public Context

Instructions: Answer the three of the following questions regarding a variety of topics covered in the course (one page minimum, two pages maximum, double spaced, with 1 inch margins, 11 or 12 point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font). Make sure your paragraphs are well-constructed and contain substantive sentences. Each paragraph should contain between 4 and 7 sentences. Be careful of run-on sentences. Cite as many course readings as possible, but make sure they are relevant to the question and answer you are providing. Make sure you edit your work and present me with clear and organized work. No outside research is required or expected for this exam. You already have all the material you need to answer the questions. Again, only answer three questions. If you answer more than three, I will grade your first three responses. Answer one question at a time. Do not combine answers for multiple questions and do not present me with the same answer for different questions. Question 1. Although the term “bureaucracy” is neutral, it is endowed by deeply negative connotations. Why is this the case? Is bureaucracy doomed to this status because carrying out power is a necessary evil or are there other avoidable aspects to bureaucracy’s bad rap? The text cites a prime minister from the former Soviet Union saying “Creating the appearance of work, taking cover behind hollow rhetoric, bureaucracy may hold back the improvement of the economic mechanism, dampen independence and initiative and erect barriers to innovation.” What do you think? Hint: In your answer, reference Weber’s bureaucracy and our overall discussion on any merits and drawbacks of bureaucratic structures. 1 Question 2. What contradictions did Woodrow Wilson advance in his classic article “The Study of Administration”? Do you believe that Wilson’s arguments are as important today for public administration as they were more than 120 years ago? Hint: In your answer, be sure to reference Wilson’s article on the Study of Administration, Rosenbloom’s “Historical context” piece, as well as any other course material you find relevant in explaining the main themes of the Wilson article. Be sure to define public administration and explain the context with which the Wilson piece was written and the problem(s) he was trying to solve. Question 3. Define downsizing, which is one approach to governmental reform. Is downsizing effective, particularly in comparison to the other reform strategies discussed in class? When do you think downsizing should be implemented? Hint: In your answer, describe your understanding of downsizing using the material presented in class and in your text. Compare downsizing to one or more of the other reform strategies discussed in class. Feel free to use real world examples to clarify and explain your answer. Question 4. Describe the differences between the three elements of accountability discussed in the text: process, procedural, and fiscal? Which of them do you think is the most difficult to enforce or to measure? Why do you think this is so? Hint: In your answer, first define accountability broadly. Then proceed to describe the different elements listed in the prompt using the material presented in class and your text. From there choose one element and proceed to explain your thoughts on the challenges of enforcing or promoting it within the public sector. Feel free to draw on real world examples in your answer. Question 5. What is contracting out? Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of contracting out. Do you think that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? When would contracting out NOT be advantageous? Hint: In your answer, be sure to refer to material presented in class and in your text. Be sure to provide an answer to each question listed in the prompt. Feel free, to draw on real world examples in your answer. 2

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Question 2: The Study of Administration
Woodrow wrote an article in 1887 that is highly considered as an article with great
foundation in the field of public administration. This made Wilson be considered as the founding
father of the field of politics and administration. Woodrow argued that administration should be
a field on its own and that the public administrators should be responsible to the political leaders.
Woodrow also believed that the political leaders should be accountable to the citizens (Wilson,
1887).
Woodrow also wrote that the political administration should be treated as a science. One
of the outstan...

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