Governmnet Quiz 10

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  • 1. 
    The official responsible for certifying elections and maintaining records on campaign expenditures is the _____.
    • A. 

      Attorney general

    • B. 

      Tresurer

    • C. 

      Secretary of state

    • D. 

      Lieutenant governor

    • E. 

      Governor

  • 2. 
    Members of appointed boards and commissions ____________
    • A. 

      Are all appointed by the government

    • B. 

      Serve four-year overlapping terms

    • C. 

      Serve without pay

    • D. 

      Generally have no authority to make policy

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    The Texas Railroad Commission is responsible for the regulation of ____________
    • A. 

      Campaign expenditures

    • B. 

      The oil and gas industry

    • C. 

      Land leases

    • D. 

      Consumer protection regarding pesticides

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    The rise in the United States of an unpredictable boom-and-bust economy and widespread poverty resulted from the combination of a pseudo laissez-faire business philosophy and a social philosophy of _________.
    • A. 

      Populism

    • B. 

      Traditionalism

    • C. 

      Socialism

    • D. 

      Social Darwinism

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    According to Max Weber, hierarchical authority, defined jurisdictions, and extensive rules and regulations are all characteristics of _________.
    • A. 

      Government

    • B. 

      Politics

    • C. 

      Bureaucracy

    • D. 

      Legislatures

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    A modern characteristic of bureaucracies exemplified in the existence of the Sunset Law in Texas and other states is ______.
    • A. 

      "red tape"

    • B. 

      Uncontrolled growth

    • C. 

      Job specialization

    • D. 

      Reorganization

    • E. 

      Political neutrality

  • 7. 
    The shifting of bureaucratic orientation where the public interest is forgotten and the agency's clientele groups become less regulated is known as _______
    • A. 

      Performance review

    • B. 

      Goal displacement

    • C. 

      Sunshine activities

    • D. 

      Whistle-blowing

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Governor

    • B. 

      Lieutenant governor

    • C. 

      Sunset Advisory Commission

    • D. 

      Legislative Audit Committee

    • E. 

      Legislative Budget Board

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Level of attention paid to the program by voters and media

    • B. 

      Oversight by the legislature through the budget

    • C. 

      Organizational structure with a chain of command placing the agency under the direct control of the governor

    • D. 

      Private organizations that serve as watchdogs for consumers

  • 10. 
    The whistle-blower story tells us that _________
    • A. 

      The bureaucracy is one of the least important arenas for political struggles

    • B. 

      Regulatory activities are immune to pressure from interest groups

    • C. 

      Individuals take substantial risks in exposing their agency or department to outside scrutiny

    • D. 

      State agencies are sensitive to the concerns of industry

  • 11. 
    The Sunset Commission has the responsibility for _________.
    • A. 

      Reviewing state agencies on a periodic basis to determine whether the agencies should continue

    • B. 

      Investigating citizens' complaints and filing criminal charges against government wrongdoing

    • C. 

      Reviewing all regulations before implementation to determine whether they conform with the governor's wishes

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    The motivation behind more regulatory policies for the nursing home industry in Texas is to __________.
    • A. 

      Reduce the nursing-home business' ability to make a profit

    • B. 

      Achieve such social goals as safety and health

    • C. 

      Extend government control over all aspects of daily life

    • D. 

      Pass on costs to private businesses

  • 13. 
    The relationship between the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association is an example of an agency-clientele relationship.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Administrative discretion refers to the ability of bureaucrats to use their own judgement as to just how laws should be carried out.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Bureaucrats may directly influence legislation by drafting bills, furnishing information to legislators and lobbying.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The Sunset Advisory Commission is responsible for reviewing all statutory boards, commissions, and departments (except colleges and universities) on a 12 year cycle
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The Texas Open Records Act is sometimes called the Sunset Law.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False