Agency Under Stress: The Social Security Administration in American Government

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Brookings Institution Press, 2011. gada 1. marts - 245 lappuses

Prize-winning author Martha Derthick draws on the recent experience of the Social Security Administration to examine the quality of policymaker's guidance and the feasibility of their policies.

Derthick concludes that many structural features of American government hinder good administration, that policymakers lack concern for administration, and that they often miscalculate the administrative consequences of their policy choices.

To illustrate this argument, Agency Under Stress analyzes two much-publicized cases of poor performance by one of the biggest and best established of U.S. government agencies, the Social Security Administration. The first case is that of the supplemental security income program to support needy blind, aged and disabled persons. Given responsibility of administering the program in 1974, the Social Security Administration was unequal to the task: many payments were made in error; many eligible persons were not paid; computer systems were not ready; field employees worked millions of hours of overtime; and other agency programs suffered.

The second case is that of an eligibility review that Congress ordered the Social Security Administration to conduct for disability insurance recipients in the 1980s. The results were similarly traumatic: of over 1.2 million cases examined, 495,000 had benefits terminated, and, flooded with appeals, the courts ruled overwhelmingly against the agency.

Derthick's analysis and conclusions have far-reaching implications for how the government can effectively serve its clients.

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The Governmental Setting
3
Administration in Constitutional Theory
7
The Place of the SSA
20
What Went Wrong
22
The Disability Review
33
The Links between the Cases
46
The Policymaking Presidency
51
The Victory Syndrome
52
The Courts
131
Due Process Requirements in SSI
132
The Disability Review and Nonacquiescence
135
Congress as Overseer
153
Remedy Seeking
155
Blame Casting
160
With the Aid of the Press
168
An Administrative Perspective
175

The Executive as Rationalizer
54
Distance from the Field
60
Congress as Legislator
68
The ExecutiveLegislative Difference
69
Congressional Inconstancy
75
Indifferent yet Imperious
82
Cost Consciousness
87
Agency Leaders
93
SSI
95
The Administrative Presidency
115
Budgeting
118
Appointments
122
The SSA against Itself
126
Lack of Concern for Administration
181
Miscalculation
184
The Changes Brought by Big Government
192
The Loss of Autonomy
195
The Effects of Growth
200
Another Agency under Stress
205
Where to Look for Improvement
210
Why Fundamental Correctives Are Unattainable
213
Some Modest Prescriptions
215
The Implications of Scale
221
Policymakers as Consumers of Analysis
223
Index
227
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