Essay Questions

1. How have bureaucratic hiring practices changed over time? Are there any problems with the current system?

2. Examine the degree to which the federal bureaucracy can influence the daily lives of racial and ethnic minorities. Be sure to consider parts of the bureaucracy that have been created with the express purpose of ameliorating racial problems in the United States.

3. Consider the ways in which the federal government has worked to increase racial and ethnic minority representation in the bureaucracy. To what degree have these efforts been successful? Be sure to consider the representation of each group, as well as the spread of these groups across job and salary levels.

4. Describe the process by which changes within the bureaucracy occur. Additionally, indicate both how and bureaucratic processes remain the same when a new president comes into office.