Texas Bureaucracy

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POLS 207 1st Edition Lecture 15 Outline of Last Lecture I. Government and the Bureaucracy II. Characteristics of a Bureaucracy III. Sources of Bureaucratic Power a. Implementation, Regulation, Adjudication, Discretion, Bureaucratic Goals IV. Variations in Bureaucracy Among States V. Bureaucracy, Democracy, and Responsiveness (Patronage versus the Merit System) VI. Role of the Centralized Personnel Management VII. The Issue of Representativeness in Bureaucracy VIII. Reading Homework Notes Outline of Current Lecture: I. Texas and the Clean Air Act of 1971 II. Actors and Procedures in Bureaucratic Implementation a. The Legislature, Sunset Review, The Governor, Legislative Budget Board (LBB), Interest Groups, and Bureaucrats III. Agencies with Elected Officials and Agencies with Appointed Executives IV. Boards and Commissions a. Elected, Ex-Officio, Appointed Current Lecture Test Review 3/20 Wednesday HCC 204 from 8-9 (**GET A SCANTRON – 8x11) Review 4 Readings  Party Chapter: Section State Party Organizations (168-174)  Legislative Chapter: Section Leadership and Role Playing (230-232)  Governor Chapter: Up Close – Three Scandal Ridden Governors (267-269)  Bureaucratic Politics (303-306) o Up Close – How to Win at the Budget Game o Politics of Budgeting Texas and the Clean Air Act of 1971  Texas in the 1970s had to comply with the Clean Air Act  goal = to limit pollutants from factories and plants in the state  What about the factories already built or being built? o They were grandfathered and allowed to continue to pollute at old limits o only new plants had to abide by the law  2 reasons for the Grandfather Plants: o plants did not know the limits were going to be put in place – not fair



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