The Founders, The Constitution, And Public Administration / Edition 1

The Founders, The Constitution, And Public Administration / Edition 1

by Michael W. Spicer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878405828

ISBN-13: 9780878405824

Pub. Date: 03/01/1995

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Viewed alternately as an obstacle to justice, an impediment to efficient government, and a tool by which some groups gain benefits and privileges at the expense of others, public administration threatens to become the whipping boy of American government. In this innovative look at the nation's bureaucracy, Michael W. Spicer revisits the values of the Constitution

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Viewed alternately as an obstacle to justice, an impediment to efficient government, and a tool by which some groups gain benefits and privileges at the expense of others, public administration threatens to become the whipping boy of American government. In this innovative look at the nation's bureaucracy, Michael W. Spicer revisits the values of the Constitution in order to reconcile the administrative state to its many critics.

Drawing on political and social philosophy, Spicer argues that there is a fundamental philosophical conflict over the role of reason in society between writers in public administration and the designers of the American Constitution. This examination of worldviews illuminates the problem that American government faces in trying to ground a legitimate public administration in the Constitution. Defending and developing the Founders' idea that political power, whatever its source, must be checked, he critically examines existing ideas about the role of public administration in American governance and offers an alternative vision of public administration more in line with the Founders' constitutional design. This book will provide fresh insights for anyone interested in the role of public administration in the United States today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878405824
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: The Uneasy Status of Public Administration

2. Rationalist and Anti-rationalist Worldviews

3. The Worldviews of Public Administration and the Constitution

4. On the Checking of Power: The Logic of a Constitution

5. Visions of Public Administration

6. An Anti-rationalist Vision of Public Administration

7. The Ethics of Administrative Discretion

8. Summary and Conclusion

References

Index

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