Holding bureaucrats accountable: politicians and by Ms. Lana Stein

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Louis, Democratic primary nominations are tantamount to election. Demographics Like many of the Rust Belt cities, St. Louis experienced considerable population loss after World War II. 3 The city lost almost half its residents between 1950 and 1980. It now has fewer inhabitants than at any time since 1900, when it was the nation's fourth-largest city. In 1980 it ranked twenty-sixth. (See Table 2-1). The city of St. Louis is surrounded by an independent suburban county also called St. 3 million people live.

Mayoral or aldermanic control over these county offices is exercised only once a year when budgetary and salary allocations are made for seven offices, while the collector of revenue controls his or her own funds and then pays any surplus commissions to the city. Salaries for each of the elected county officeholders are set by the state legislature. These officeholders in turn use St. Louis's civil service classification system to set salaries for their patronage workers. Aldermen enact the pay ordinance for six of the eight patronage offices.

Their prior professional training and/or professional associations also significantly affected their on-the-job behavior (Simon, Smithburg, and Thompson, 1950:77). " asked an angry senator during the Iran-Contra hearings. Why does it matter whether government bureaucrats are accountable to elected officials or whether they rely solely on expertise in decision making? Linder stated simply that "within a democratic system, agencies are accountable to the public, through their elected representatives, for the responsible exercise of power" (1978:181).

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