Anonymous asks:

What does the term "red tape" mean, and how does it relate to the federal bureaucracy?

In Topics: Helping my child with social studies / history
> 60 days ago



Allyn Anderson
Mar 28, 2011
Subscribe to Expert

What the Expert Says:

"Red tape" refers to the rules that governmental personnel must follow to accomplish a task. Sometimes the governmental process seems cumbersome to us, especially when we want a quick answer. Many feel that the federal government establishes far too many rules or procedures with their numerous governmental departments---even more so than state governments, which are closer to and more quickly responsive to its citizens. So, you can see how "red tape" has a direct connection to any governmental level and especially the federal government.

This term began in the late 17th century. I've included a web site, so you can explore its beginnings a bit more.

Enjoy the reading!
Did you find this answer useful?
Answer this question


You are about to choose ${username}'s answer as the best answer.

Cancel | Continue

*You can change the best answer in the future if you think that you received a better answer

How likely are you to recommend to your friends and colleagues?

Not at all likely
Extremely likely