GOVT 360 Midterm

Liberty GOVT 360 Midterm Answers

Choose 2 of the following essay questions to answer for your Midterm Exam. In each textbox within the exam, note which question you are answering.

  1. What is the difference between special interest power and public interest power? What is the relative power between special interest and public interests in the political arena?
  2. Is it ever acceptable for public administrators to “dirty their hands” for the public good? Why or why not?
  3. What does Michael Lipsky mean by the term “street level bureaucrats”? Explain how a street-level bureaucrat, in implementing public policy, may actually be making policy.
  4. Explain the difference between philanthropy and charity. Use examples from private and non-profit organizations to describe these differences.
  5. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of faith-based initiatives. Do these initiatives violate the First Amendment establishment clause?
  6. Explain the concept of picket fence federalism, using an example from local government in your city as a model.
  7. Explain public-choice theory. What government service, in your opinion, is best handled at the local level? Why?
  8. Can lying by a leader ever be justified by the argument that it is being done for the public good? Why or why not?
  9. The authors speak of 4 levels of ethics. Explain these 3 forms of ethics: professional ethics, organizational ethics, and social ethics.
  10. Explain the basic thinking of classical organization theory.
  11. Explain how Adam Smith’s concept of division and separation of labor relates to the classical model of organization theory.
  12. What did the term “bureaucracy” originally mean? What does the word “bureaucracy” generally signify to the public today?
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