Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference by Norma M. Riccucci
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And what do they actually do? One way execucrats make policy is through direct participation in the policy process. Here execucrats work directly with leaders of congressional committees, interest groups, and other players in the formulation of public policy. 36 Some execucrats also affect policy by drafting laws for Congress. Such "agency bills" obviously result from interactions with the president, congressional leaders, interest groups, and other relevant participants. The volume of legislation formulated by execucrats is quite formidable.
Boston: Little, Brown 1976); and Peter Woll, American Bureaucracy, 2d ed. (New York: Norton, 1977). But also see Joel D. Aberbach, "Public Service and Administrative Reform in the United States: The Volcker Commission and the Bush Administration," International Review of Administrative Sciences 57 (1991): 40319, whose interviews with high-level career executives reveal a diminishing of execucratic power over public policy, beginning with the final years of the Reagan administration. 3. David H.
Levine, B. Guy Peters, and Frank J. , The New American Political System (Washington: American Enterprise Institute, 1978), 87124. 36. , the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955 and the Clean Air Act of 1963, preceded the existence of the EPA. Also, the congressional committees and subcommittees operated under different names, and different environmental groups existed at the time. 37. Rourke, Bureaucracy, 26. 38. For a discussion of rule making in one administrative agency, see William F. West, "The Politics of Administrative Rulemaking," Public Administration Review(Se ptember-October 1982): 42026.