The Differences Between Bureaucracy And Democracy

759 WordsFeb 20, 20164 Pages
Throughout the first part of this semester we have read and discussed several topics relating to Public Administration. In this essay I will discuss the differences between bureaucracy, democracy, and citizenships, how these three topics effect our society, and current issues within local governments. Before one can begin to understand the issues between bureaucracy, democracy, and citizens, we must first define each word. Starting with the word citizen, as it is the easiest to define. A citizen is someone who is a legal resident of a specific area (i.e. town, city, county, state, or country). The second definition is democracy which is a way to run a government so that citizens have a vested interest in the decision making process through the process of electing representatives. This is what the United States of America is based upon, regularly held elections for citizens to vote upon who will represent their needs, wishes, and desires. Lastly, bureaucracy is, a system within our democratic government, which is used to delegate non-elected individuals who will enforce and oversee decisions made by our elected representatives. Therefore, one could say, a bureaucrat is a Public Administrator because they are non-elected, state employees whose job is to create, enact, and oversee policies for decisions made by our government. So, to summarize, local representatives are chosen by citizens through the use of democracy and the policies approved through our democratic system
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