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Policy Without PoliticiansBureaucratic Influence in Comparative Perspective$
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Edward C. Page

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645138.001.0001

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Political Leadership in US Bureaucracy

Political Leadership in US Bureaucracy

(p.100) 6 Political Leadership in US Bureaucracy
Policy Without Politicians

Edward Page

Oxford University Press

Despite our expectations that the US system is more likely to involve politicians in legislative activity than European countries, few of the decrees in the study were actually initiated by politicians. Their role in developing this kind of everyday policy is nevertheless significant, as their support is required to help decrees get through an extensive consultation process which offers multiple opportunities for blockage. The bureaucratic role in the US system of rule-making is also distinctive as it is based on the agency as a source of identity, and the traditions, missions, and objectives of agencies can be independent of those found among the executive political leadership.

Keywords:   United States, bureaucracy, interest groups, delegation, secondary legislation, policy-making, rule-making

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