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ERIC Number: ED165603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 106
Abstractor: N/A
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Red Tape: Its Origins, Uses, and Abuses.
Kaufman, Herbert
Red tape, particularly with reference to administration in the federal government, is described, and suggestions that have been proposed for improvement are explored. Among the frustrations that are met in dealing with government are duplicative and contradictory requirements of different agencies, restrictions imposed for announced ends that are never attained, and long time delays on action on pending matters. Government personnel are often blamed by the victims of red tape, but employees also are constrained by the procedures they must follow. Each constraint that has arisen in the government is a product of a fairly small number of claimants. Most people prefer certain constraints and annoyances to the possibility of temporary disruption. Government regulations are designed to protect people from each other, as for instance, in the relations between buyers and sellers. Additionally, government measures to help the destitute, the handicapped, and groups like farmers who suffer hardships, require regulations to define who is eligible. Government procedures are designed to ensure representation, rationality, and administrative effectiveness. Interest-group participation in official decisions occurs to a greater extent than would be dictated by fairness alone. Inadequacies to three major approaches to lessening problems of red tape are analyzed, and it is suggested that the normal methods of politics are ways of keeping red tape under control and endurable. (SW)
The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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