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Name some reasons why a bureaucracy is detrimental to our political system.

A bureaucracy may be detrimental to a political system, including that of the United States, because it is often resistant to change, unaccountable to the public, and allows corruption to flourish with less chance of detection.

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Bureaucracy is a word which is generally used in a pejorative sense, denoting procedures that are unnecessarily elaborate. However, "a bureaucracy," in the sense that the term appears to be used in this question, merely means a group of unelected state officials who carry on the everyday business of government...

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Bureaucracy is a word which is generally used in a pejorative sense, denoting procedures that are unnecessarily elaborate. However, "a bureaucracy," in the sense that the term appears to be used in this question, merely means a group of unelected state officials who carry on the everyday business of government regardless of which political party is in power. This system is, to some extent, unavoidable. It would not be possible to change every official and administrator in the country when the presidency or control of Congress passed from one party to another.

However, the very continuity which a bureaucracy guarantees contains an obvious accompanying detriment to the political system, since the will of the people in getting rid of "the government" extends only to the few officials who are elected, not to the many more who comprise the bureaucracy. The existence of the bureaucracy means that elections matter less than they would otherwise, and it is often difficult for politicians to make the changes they were elected to make. A permanent official in any department of government knows far more about the inner workings of that department than the politician who was recently appointed to be the head of it. If the bureaucracy does not agree with any new proposals, it is in an excellent position to thwart them. A bureaucracy, therefore, makes a political system less representative of the public, more resistant to change, and slower to adapt to new circumstances. It is also easier for corruption to flourish in a bureaucracy than among elected officials who are accountable to the public.

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