Federal Bureaucracy

Even though neither word, “bureaucracy” nor “administration,” appear in the text of the U.S. Constitution, it is precisely these two elements that make it possible for the Constitution to exist. Without the bureaucracy or the administrative state, Congress would be unable to “lay or collect taxes on income” as per the 16th Amendment; nor would the constitutional protection of “due process” be afforded to every citizen. Nor would any of the rights and privileges that the Constitution provides be protected without the existence of the bureaucracy and the administrative state.

For this Discussion, consider the influence of the bureaucracy in contemporary American government.

Post by Day 3 your perspective on whether the growth of federal bureaucracy is a necessary condition for the functioning of the administrative state. Explain why and provide an example to illustrate your points. Then, explain what you might add to Wilson’s view on “The Bureaucracy Problem,” and defend your suggestions.

Note: If you reside outside of the United States, address the Discussion through the lens of bureaucracy in your own country or region.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.


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