Bureaucracy Video Exercise And Discussion

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Watch the video at The Red Tape Diaries, and review your text, and answer the questions below.

After completing the questions, you will be posting your responses as your initial discussion post. This initial post is due no later than Friday at 11:59pm.  Students may NOT edit initial posts once posted.  Discussion scores will be based on the original post.

Your initial post should be a minimum of 8 lines in length and be written in sentences (rather than just listing the letter, or a short phrase).

Before Sunday 11:59pm, please respond to two other classmates’ initial posts (not follow-up posts) for Question #5, Part 2, with meaningful responses that address the substance of their post. Each of these follow-up posts should be a minimum of 4 lines in length.

Question 1

Which of the purposes of bureaucracy identified in your textbook is described in this video?

  1. Implementation of laws
  2. Rule making
  3. Settling disputes
  4. Enforcing rules

Question 2

Which of the following is NOT one of the obstacles to modernizing the veterans administration programs described here?

  1. Most of the claims are on paper
  2. Bureaucratic incompetence with computer upgrades
  3. Lack of funding by congressional Republicans
  4. Poor communication between Defense and Veterans departments

Question 3

Which of the following routes of bureaucratic reform would be most likely to alleviate the issues faced in the Department of Veteran Affairs?

  1. Termination
  2. Deregulation
  3. Devolution
  4. Privatization

Question 4

According to your textbook, what is the purpose of bureaucracy? Based on Jon Stewart’s presentation, describe how the bureaucracy in this case is either achieving or failing to fulfill that purpose.

Question 5

What are the obstacles to modernizing the administration of the veterans programs described here?

Question 6

Part I  How would you summarize Jon Stewart’s critique of President Obama’s handling of these issues in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs?

Part 2  Do you agree or disagree, and why?

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