The Advisory Council: A "Misplaced Machine"
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As part of my SIP experience, I had the good fortune to obtain an internship with the Director's Office of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. It was there that this project began. One of my duties was to assist in the establishment of a new Peace Corps Advisory Council. Through this aspect of my job, I gained invaluable knowledge and insight about the inner workings of bureaucratic government, especially in relation to the formation of an advisory council. If the advisory council process cannot be used to make the bureaucracy more democratic, does it have any use at all? Should the process be allowed to continue? In the following chapters these questions will be discussed in more detail. The importance of this chapter is to point out that the advisory council cannot live up to its ideals. Once we drop this facade, perhaps we can strive to make the process a viable and useful one.