A Study of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Political Force

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politics, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, government agency, policy, representation


American Politics | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


Effective executive control of administrative agencies is one of the most difficult tasks facing the President and his cabinet assistants today. This paper will attempt to study the specifics of that task by focusing upon one agency--the Corps of Engineers, particularly with reference to its ability to influence and make policy directives. As a background, the paper's first chapter will survey the general characteristics of the American body politic that make agency control so difficult. The conclusions suggested here will provide the framework for a rough definition of the normal spheres of agency influence in the making and modifying of policy decisions.

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