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CIA, 'Pork Barrel' Politics or You Can't get to West Virginia from Here!   [open pdf - 523KB]

"Graham Allison is one scholar who has provided such a structure for analysis [on pork barrel politics]. His study of governmental decision making and, in particular, his 'Bureaucratic Politics' paradigm provides an excellent framework to briefly study and dissect this process. Having the theoretical structure, we must also attempt to apply a real life example of the process in order to test the theory. For this undertaking I have chosen the decision by the CIA in 1991 to attempt to consolidate 21 of its leased sites in the Washington D.C. area into two locations in West Virginia. It is this decision, the challenge of it by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), and the ultimate outcome that represents bureaucratic politics at its finest. In order to have a common frame of reference I will highlight the key elements of Allison's paradigm used in my analysis."

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