Functioning bureaucracies in the United States.

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Americans tend to be very critical of the governmental bureaucracies because we consider it a slow and inefficient process of government; mainly due to bureaucracies having no competition, their purposes not being clearly defined, and bureaucratic pathologies.

When we think of bureaucracies, we think of a process that needs to be changed. We have had many presidents that promise the reform of bureaucracies, but many have tried and failed. Within our society we are critical of bureaucracies because we always have the idea that we can get something done faster and more efficiently. Because in government it is said that there is a need to satisfy legal and accounting requirements. This is where we spend most of our time.

Within our bureaucracies we find it so tiresome to have to go through mounds of red tape and paper work. Which could probably end up in nothing but complications. Herbert Kaufman has explained red tape as being of our own making: 'Every restraint and requirement originates in somebody's demand for it'" In our situation this is nothing but true.

But inevitably bureaucratic pathologies come into play, which in fact consist mostly of bureaucratic red tape, mission conflict, mission duplication, agency imperialism, and bureaucratic wastes. We can explain many of these behaviors by various models that characterize the attitudes of government; acquisitive, monopolistic, and garbage can. We see the acquisitive behavior in most bureaucracies. This model is what most Americans feel about bureaucracies; bureaucracies will always try to expand the general size and power of their agencies as well as their budgets. They tend to steer away from their original purpose and spend most of their money as well as their efforts on extraneous material; wastes.

Wastes tend to make Americans loose faith in bureaucracies. Why would be put...