Essay on Public Policy and Administration

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1. Over time, how have members of the field of public administration examined the subject of policy and administration (has the dichotomy changed)? The studies of policy and administration have been viewed in different ways; overtime, the pre-modern era to its now 21st century outlook has changed. In the beginning, kings had treasures and tax collector to oversee the daily business of the empire. Today these members are public servants working in all levels of government; implanting various inputs to produce their desired policies as results. New policies in public administration spurred from the peoples dissatisfaction with the government. From corruption, favoritism and self-preservation drew the attention of change; leading to the…show more content…
303) For example, “Two months after the attacks, Congress federalized airport security by passing the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the Transportation Security Administration. Prior to 9/11, security had been handled by each airport, which outsourced to private security companies.” Thereafter, TSA enforced a stricter security screening for passengers and luggage; personnel without tickets were banned from passing through security. This showed political responsiveness and representation; according to the Washington Post, more than 263 government organizations were either created or reorganized due to 9/11. ( 2. How do states interact with other layers of government? The term intergovernmental relationship is often used to describe the way the states interact with other layers of government. This also explains their collaborative efforts in working together for a greater cause. The U.S. Constitution created what is called today as the Federalist system of government. The Federalist system shaped several layers of government; some of the models use to explain the workings of the federalist system are the layer cake model, the marble cake model, and the picket fence model. “The Constitution not only defines the structure and power of the federal government, but also contains general provisions regarding state government.” Furthermore, each state has its own constitution which contains provisions
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