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Bureaucrats came into being to provide...A. responsibility and accountability B....

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oneasianguy | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM via web

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Bureaucrats came into being to provide...

A. responsibility and accountability

B. accountability and efficiency

C. predictability and responsibility

D. predictability and efficiency

 

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"At one time in history, bureaucracy actually meant fast, effective, and rational administration. In its ideal form, a bureaucracy made sure that every job was carefully designed to ensure faithful performance by well-trained, highly motivated bureaucrats, or employees. Over time, however, the term has taken on a negative meaning. Bureaucracy is now used to describe an inefficient organization clogged with red tapes and staffed with security-conscious employees who care little about helping people."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:28 PM (Answer #1)

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This particular question is a bit challenging because it requires a bit of reading the "tea leaves" in order to fully answer the question.  I think that because of this, different people might have different responses to it.  For me, I don't think that the second half of the excerpt, albeit interesting, is something that is needed to answer the question.  I would rather focus on the first half for it helps to explain the basis of the question in terms of why or how bureaucrats came into being:

At one time in history, bureaucracy actually meant fast, effective, and rational administration. In its ideal form, a bureaucracy made sure that every job was carefully designed to ensure faithful performance by well-trained, highly motivated bureaucrats, or employees.

It is here where I immediately gravitate, and within this, I think that there is a valid description of "efficiency" in terms like "fast" and effective."  This now makes my 1 out of 4 into a 1 out of 2.  With this down, I have a much more challenging element in figuring out if "predictability" or "accountability" is being described.  I feel that the descriptors used in the second sentence are telling.  The ideas of "faithful performance" and "highly motivated" and "well- trained" helps to bring out the idea of a service rendered whereby individuals can stand by the quality of their work.  For this, I like the idea of "accountability."  I don't see an element of "predictability" explained as much as I do, "accountability."  With this in mind, I would think that B) Efficiency and accountability is the correct answer.

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