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Agencies Class, Fall 1999

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: September 3, 1999
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Exercise 3: Breadth of Agency Selection

Review the list of agencies selected by the class for study this semester. Review the list and consider how much you can learn just by scanning free-association data. I gave no particular instructions limiting your choices, so we may assume this list describes our sense of "agencies we need to deal with" when there are no intrusive prompts.

  1. Judging by the list what social issues would you say that agencies deal with?

  2. Judging by the list would you say that our collective perception of agencies is local or cosmopolitan? What does that mean to the normative ordering of our relationships to these agencies?

  3. Where would we fit in this list the administrative procedures that were operative in the incident in which the U.S. Government rescued Chrysler when it was about to go bankrupt? Were agencies involved? Was that welfare? For the corporation? For the workers? Or was it more like social security? Is any of this reflected in your list?

  4. How does the local vs. cosmopolitan concept fit into the theory/policy/practice dilemma we discussed?

  5. Is your list primarily local or primarily cosmopolitan? What does that suggest about our study in the agency class?