Prepare: Prior to tackling this first discussion question, read Chapters 8 to 10 in A Novel Approach to Politics and all assigned articles.Reflect: Modern bureaucracies are a common source of frustration and anger, along with admiration and customer satisfaction. The adherence to rule-based actions found in most bureaucratic institutions can be very exasperating to those who value flexibility and adaptability but also very comforting to those who value equality, justice, and fair treatment. The ability of a central government to regulate, distribute, gather, record and interact with the public they serve is impossible without core rules of behavior, function, and purpose. The rules, processes, and procedures define each specific bureaucratic institution and the more we understand how bureaucracies serve as a middle-man between the citizen and local, state, and national leadership the more we will know about how political leaders get or don’t get things done for their citizenry. Write: In your initial post of at least 200 words, choose one bureaucratic agency from the United States (i.e., USDA, SEC, FDA, FBI, FEMA, FCC, EPA, etc.). Research the agency in depth and discuss what is the main purpose of that agency. Next, describe what interest groups are involved with that agency and why. Finally, evaluate the accessibility or utility of one of the agency’s websites. Is it user friendly, why or why not?

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