Questions tagged [public-administration]

Questions about the implementation of government policy through a bureaucracy of civil servants.

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Why should public servants be apolitical?

The High Court of Australia has recently ruled in Comcare v. Banerji which was a test case that revealed the limits of the implied freedom of speech in Australia. A public servant, Michaela Banerji, ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

Looking at the statistics for the number of public servants in the UK on can see that their numbers are relatively stable over the past 20 years. However it seems strange to me since huge improvements ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

I have experienced the carelessness of the government bureaucrats. The assurance of them not losing their jobs no matter what, makes them behave utterly careless (at least in India, say in a ...
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Politics involved in separation of prisons and jails?

I try to understand why there are US federal and state prisons, and county jails. I did not find a clear separation of the use of the three variants when reading Wikipedia regarding the topic. It ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

A new initiative is currently being proposed in California: On Aug. 9, 2021, venture capitalist Timothy Draper filed a proposal with the California attorney general’s office for an initiated ...
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What are the responsibities of the party secretary in China?

In China, in every administration unit (province, county, village) or organization (company, school), there is a position called party secretary. For example, in every province, there is a province ...
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What does the White House chief of staff do?

Could you explain in simple terms what are the functions of the WH chief of staff and provide the job's analogs in other countries? Is it like the head of the presidential administration (in the ...
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What purposes do vehicle registration renewals serve in the United States?

Any reasons other than collecting $50 per year per vehicle (which is essentially a tax) would be appreciated.
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Why has the State been considered as a problematic institution?

I have enrolled in a course of Public Administration and there is a paper called State, society, and Public Administration. Unfortunately it is a course which a student needs to study him/herself ...
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How long would it take to pay off the U.S. national debt if new deficits were eliminated?

If Congress stopped borrowing money, how long would it take to pay off the national debt? My question assumes—perhaps incorrectly?—that every dollar the Federal government owes must be paid back on ...
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Do the the Census Bureau and the IRS of the USA employ or consult theolgians?

I have often wondered why the bureaucrats in the United States are considered able to determine what is a denomination or even a religion. Are a number of career bureaucrats competent to make such ...
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What are education requirements for government positions in Germany?

Martin Schultz left high school without diploma after failing 11th grade twice, however many people consider him for chancellor office. Is it possible to have any nonelected position in the executive ...
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Is the Census underreported, and are there corrections?

I am aware that the census is not an exact population measurement as it is a survey. However, I have been unable to find any information about the estimate of how under reported the census is ...
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Erdogan and the people he fired

From 2016 to 2017, Erdogan arrested and sacked more than 160,000 people from government jobs(civil and armed) and universities. How is Turkey, as a country, going to fill this huge blank of human ...
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Are there authorities that use complex simulation software when making decisions?

Since computing power has increased very much lately, there is opportunity to simulate very complex systems or at least assist human activity in various fields. E.g. assist medical doctors to quickly ...
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How does a development proposal for general public move in U.S?

I am not a U.S native but very much interested in understanding this. Let's say the U.S president has an idea that he thinks can improve, using government's money, the general welfare of the public. ...
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Did Sondland confirm that he asked or suggested that Yovanovitch should start tweeting in support of Trump?

In her written (Nov 5) deposition ambassador Yovanovitch related the following meeting with Sondland, in which Sondland asked her to "go big or go home": Yovanovitch said she raised ...
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How can a government untie the "Gordian Knot" of public sector reformation?

According to this article: Emmanuel Macron continues to surprise. On Sunday, in the first round of the French legislative elections, his La République En Marche movement, created only six ...
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Why was procedure so important under Stalin's regime?

In Nadezhas Mandelstams memoir of life under Stalin's totalitarian regime, she wrote: Procedure meant a great deal to our rulers, and the whole farrago of nonsense was meticulously committed to ...