PSCI 0312


How did 9-11 happen? Why did the U.S. believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction? What went wrong with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Answering these questions requires an understanding of bureaucracies in the American political context -- the subject of this course. It begins with an overview of the nature of bureaucracies and theories for their formation, followed by an examination of bureaucratic actors (managers, operators, and executives) and the context within which they work. It concludes with an attempt to assess bureaucratic effectiveness. Case studies of particular bureaucracies, including those involved in the War on Terror, Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, are included to sharpen analyses. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (American Politics)/
Political Science
Political Science
Social Sciences
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Spring 2020

PSCI0312A-S20 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2017

PSCI0312A-F17 Lecture (Dickinson)

Spring 2014

PSCI0312A-S14 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2011

PSCI0312A-F11 Lecture (Dickinson)

Fall 2009

PSCI0312A-F09 Lecture (Dickinson)

Spring 2006

PSCI0312A-S06 Lecture (Dickinson)