Bureaucracy (21761). 2 units. One of the primary tasks of modern American lawyers is to influence the exercise of bureaucratic power. Further, lawyers in America are often called upon to serve in, or to help design, bureaucratic agencies. The agenda for this seminar is to discuss leading works on government administration -- some classic and some cutting-edge -- from political science, sociology, law, and other disciplines. The kinds of questions we will ask include: Why do some bureaucracies inspire respect and admiration, while others inspire disdain, hatred, and resistance? Why are bureaucrats highly responsive to some stakeholders and callously indifferent to others? What kinds of people self-select into government jobs -- and what kinds of opportunities, dangers, and biases result from that self-selection? What are the most effective strategies for getting the attention of a bureaucracy -- and getting it to change its ways? Should bureaucrats be understood as the servants and agents of politicians, or as politicians in their own right? Does bureaucratic organization embody the rule of law, or threaten it? Do lawsuits against a bureaucracy have any effect on its behavior -- and if so, do they make things better or worse? Students are required to participate actively in each week’s discussion. Grades will be based solely on class participation. Enrollment limited to eight. Permission of the instructor required. N. Parrillo.
Course Bidding Information: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-instructor selections, students should submit a brief statement of why they wish to take the course (no more than 500 words) by 4:30 p.m. on December 8. The statement may discuss how bureaucracy relates to your academic interests, background, career plans, or anything else you consider relevant to your interest in the subject. In selecting students, the instructor will seek a diversity and balance of perspectives.