Politics And Administration

Politics And Administration

by Frank Johnson Goodnow
     
 

ISBN-10: 076580512X

ISBN-13: 9780765805126

Pub. Date: 02/15/2008

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The conventional model for explaining the uniqueness of American democracy is its division between executive, legislative, and judicial functions. It was the great contribution of Frank J. Goodnow to codify a less obvious, but no less profound element: the distinction between politics and policies, principles and operations. He showed how the United States went

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The conventional model for explaining the uniqueness of American democracy is its division between executive, legislative, and judicial functions. It was the great contribution of Frank J. Goodnow to codify a less obvious, but no less profound element: the distinction between politics and policies, principles and operations. He showed how the United States went beyond a nation based on government by gentlemen and then one based on the spoils system brought about by the Jacksonian revolt against the Eastern Establishment, into a government that separated political officials from civil administrators.

Goodnow contends that the civil service reformers persuasively argued that the separation of administration from politics, far from destroying the democratic links with the people, actually served to enhance democracy. While John Rohr, in his outstanding new introduction carefully notes loopholes in the theoretical scaffold of Goodnow's argument, he is also careful to express his appreciation of the pragmatic ground for this new sense of government as needing a partnership of the elected and the appointed.

Goodnow was profoundly influenced by European currents, especially the Hegelian. As a result, the work aims at a political philosophy meant to move considerably beyond the purely pragmatic needs of government. For it was the relationships, the need for national unity in a country that was devised to account for and accommodate pluralism and diversity, that attracted Goodnow's legal background and normative impulses alike. That issues of legitimacy and power distribution were never entirely resolved by Goodnow does not alter the fact that this is perhaps the most important work, along with that of James Bryce, to emerge from this formative period to connect processes of governance with systems of democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765805126
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Series:
Library of Liberal Thought
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,310,103
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Transaction Introduction
Preface
Ch. IThe Primary Functions of the State1
Ch. IIThe Function of Politics23
Ch. IIICentral and Local Politics47
Ch. IVThe Function of Administration72
Ch. VThe Effect of the Administrative System on the Relations of Politics and Administration94
Ch. VIThe Influence of the Governmental, and Particularly of the Administrative, System on the Position of the Political Party133
Ch. VIIPopular Government148
Ch. VIIIThe Boss168
Ch. IXResponsibility of Parties199
Ch. XConclusions255

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