The Founders the Constitution and Public Administration

This book will provide fresh insights for anyone interested in the role of public administration in the United States today.

The Founders  the Constitution  and Public Administration

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.

The Founders the Constitution and Public Administration

This book will provide fresh insights for anyone interested in the role of public administration in the United States today.

The Founders  the Constitution  and Public Administration

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.

Public Administration and the State

In this critical examination of public administration's pervasive vision of a powerful state, Spicer thoughtfully reconsiders the relationship between activities of governance and concepts of the state.

Public Administration and the State

In this critical examination of public administration's pervasive vision of a powerful state, Spicer thoughtfully reconsiders the relationship between activities of governance and concepts of the state. Woodrow Wilson argued for a state led by a powerful government, guided by science and enlightened experts, for the accomplishment of a set of collective purposes—in other words, a purposive state. Michael Spicer contends that though Wilson and those who followed him have not typically explored questions of political and constitutional theory in their writing, a clear and strong vision of the state has emerged in their work nonetheless. Building upon the work of Dwight Waldo and others who have sought to explore and reveal the political theory behind the seemingly neutral language of administration, Spicer explores the roots—both historical and philosophical—of the purposive state. He considers the administrative experience of 18th-century Prussia and its relationship to the vision of the purposive state, and examines the ways this idea has been expressed in the 20th century. He then looks at the practical problems such a vision creates for public policy in a fragmented postmodern political culture. Finally, Spicer explores an alternative view of public administration—one based on a civil association model appropriate to our constitutional traditions and contemporary culture.

Democracy Bureaucracy and Character

Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character is an exercise in legitimizing public administration, offering important insights into the Founders' thoughts that can be applied to today's debate over government bureaucracy.

Democracy  Bureaucracy  and Character

Most American citizens are quick to criticize federal bureaucracy for its size and inefficiency. They assume it has exceeded the intent of our nation's founders; yet men like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton knew that good public administrators were essential to good government. William Richardson here examines the origins, legitimacy, and limitations of public administration from the perspective of the Founders' thought. He shows that these men—especially the authors of The Federalist—advocated an energetic public administration as an essential component of government and even considered the emergence of a "natural aristocracy" of virtuous civil servants. The Founders would see the fault of today's federal bureaucracy, argues Richardson, not as much in its size as in the character of its members. Richardson relates the Founders' belief that the nation should strive to produce public servants committed to developing character traits, such as wisdom and moderation, that would exemplify the highest ideals of the republic and thus ensure its survival. They anticipated some self-interest on the part of administrators, but believed it would be held in check by public opinion and the political process. To test the success of the Founders' ideal, Richardson examines both the character of administrators and the role of ethics in forming that character. He explores the various plans for educating public leaders throughout American history and looks at how attitudes toward public administration have changed in this century, from Woodrow Wilson's scientific ideal to recent proposals to downsize government. Among other suggestions, Richardson advocates reforming existing institutions by emphasizing character. Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character is an exercise in legitimizing public administration, offering important insights into the Founders' thoughts that can be applied to today's debate over government bureaucracy. Public administration may be problematic by nature, observes Richardson, but it is crucial to our form of government. Through his analysis we can see that, while bureaucracy and democracy have long had an uneasy relationship, neither can be effective unless we fully assess the place and purpose of character in the American regime.

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration Volume 1

“ A Contractarian Approach to Public Administration . " Administration and Society , vol . 22 ( November ) 303-316 . Spicer , Michael W. , 1995. The Founders , the Constitution , and Public Administration . Washington , D.C .

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration Volume 1

This is the first volume of a four-volume encyclopaedia which combines public administration and policy and contains approximately 900 articles by over 300 specialists. This Volume covers entries from A to C. It covers all of the core concepts, terms and processes of applied behavioural science, budgeting, comparative public administration, develo

The Constitutional School of American Public Administration

Nonetheless, those who rely solely on the founders' work to support a constitutional vision of government or public administration remain vulnerable to the charge of romanticization. If we are to buttress the argument for a legitimate ...

The Constitutional School of American Public Administration

The growing ‘constitutional school’ of public administration has roots in the Federalist Papers, constitutional law, and the writings of several contemporary leaders and contributors in the field. It is comprised of a loose grouping of scholars who subscribe to the proposition that constitutions and the constitutional characteristics of a regime are key determinants of public administrative culture, institutions, organizations, personnel practices, budgetary and decision-making processes, commitment to the rule of law and human rights, and myriad aspects of overall behavior. Participants in constitutional school research believe that the ‘big questions’ in public administration cannot be answered without reference to constitutional designs, institutions, and regime values. This edited volume brings together the most prominent names in constitutional school scholarship in an aim to make it more visible, accessible, and central to the field of public administration's pedagogy, scholarship, and intellectual development. It will be essential reading for scholars and students of public administration with an interest in constitutional / administrative law and political theory around the globe.

The Public Administration Profession

87 M.W. Spicer, The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration: A Conflict in World Views (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007). 88 For example, B.J. Cook, “The Representative Function of Bureaucracy: Public ...

The Public Administration Profession

While many introductory public administration textbooks contain a dedicated chapter on ethics, The Public Administration Profession is the first to utilize ethics as a lens for understanding the discipline. Analyses of the ASPA Code of Ethics are deftly woven into each chapter alongside complete coverage of the institutions, processes, concepts, persons, history, and typologies a student needs to gain a thorough grasp of public service as a field of study and practice. Features include: A significant focus on ‘public interests,’ non-profit management, hybrid-private organizations, contracting-out and collaborations, and public service at the state and local levels. A careful examination the role that religion may play in public servants’ decision-making, as well as the un-ignorable and growing role that faith-based organizations play in public administration and non-profit management at large. End-of-chapter ethics case studies, key concepts and persons, and dedicated ‘local community action steps’ in each chapter. Appendices dedicated to future public administration and non-profit career management, writing successful papers throughout a student’s career, and professional codes of ethics. A comprehensive suite of online supplements, including: lecture slides; quizzes and sample midterm and final examinations for undergraduate and graduate courses containing multiple choice, true-false, identifications, and essay questions; chapter outlines with suggestions for classroom discussion; and suggestions for use of appendices, e.g. how to successfully write a short term paper, a brief policy memo, resume, or a book review. Providing students with a comprehensive introduction to the subject while offering instructors an elegant new way to bring ethics prominently into the curriculum, The Public Administration Profession is an ideal introductory text for public administration and public affairs courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Democracy and Public Administration in Pakistan

This book explores the role of the grass roots public administrative institution of DC & DM in historical context for Pakistan, and its viability for a meaningful democracy and stability of the country.

Democracy and Public Administration in Pakistan

This book explores the role of the grass roots public administrative institution of DC & DM in historical context for Pakistan, and its viability for a meaningful democracy and stability of the country. The authors contend that Pakistan‘s democracy to-date lacks firm foundation, as evidenced by the country‘s disintegration in 1971, violence and drugs in the 80s, crime infested communities in the 90s, terrorism in the 2000s, and the current volatile situation in Balochistan and FATA, as well as high crime rate and lacking sense of security among the communities of Pakistan.

Alexander Hamilton s Public Administration

Service; Stephanie P. Newbold and David H. Rosenbloom, eds., The Constitutional School of American Public Administration (New ... The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, ...

Alexander Hamilton s Public Administration

Examines how Hamilton's thoughts and experiences about public administration theory and practice have shaped the nation American public administration inherited from Alexander Hamilton a distinct republican framework through which we derive many of our modern governing standards and practices. His administrative theory flowed from his republican vision, prescribing not only the how of administration but also what should be done and why. Administration and policy merged seamlessly in his mind, each conditioning the other. His Anti-Federalist detractors clearly saw this and fought his vision tooth and nail. That conflict endures to this day because Americans still have not settled on just one vision of the American republic. That is why, Richard Green argues, Hamilton is a pivotal figure in our current reckoning. If we want to more fully understand ourselves and our ways of governing today, we must start by understanding Hamilton, and we cannot do that without exploring his administrative theory and practice in depth. Alexander Hamilton's Public Administration considers Hamilton both as a founder of the American republic, steeped in the currents of political philosophy and science of his day, and as its chief administrative theorist and craftsman, deeply involved in establishing the early institutions and policies that would bring his interpretation of the written Constitution to life. Accordingly, this book addresses the complex mix of classical and modern ideas that informed his vision of a modern commercial and administrative republic; the administrative ideas, institutions, and practices that flowed from that vision; and the substantive policies he deemed essential to its realization. Green's analysis grows out of an immersion in Hamilton's extant papers, including reports, letters, pamphlets, and essays. Readers will find a comprehensive explanation of his theoretical contributions and a richly detailed account of his ideas and practices in historical context.

Handbook of Public Administration

Spicer , M. W. , A contractarian approach to public administration , Administration & Society , 22 , 303–316 , 1990 . Spicer , M. W. , The Founders , the Constitution , and Public Administration : A Conflict in World Views , Georgetown ...

Handbook of Public Administration

Since the publication of the previous edition, the best-selling Handbook of Public Administration enters its third edition with substantially revised, updated, and expanded coverage of public administration history, theory, and practice. Edited by preeminent authorities in the field, this work is unparalleled in its thorough coverage and comprehensive references. This handbook examines the major areas in public administration including public budgeting and financial management, human resourcemanagement, decision making, public law and regulation, and political economy. Providing a strong platform for further research and advancement in the field, this book is a necessity for anyone involved in public administration, policy, and management. This edition includes entirely new chapters on information technology and conduct of inquiry. In each area of public administration, there are two bibliographic treatises written from different perspectives. The first examines the developments in the field. The second analyzes theories, concepts, or ideas in the field’s literature.

Handbook of Public Administration Third Edition

Spicer, M. W., The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration: A Conflict in World Views, Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 1995. Spicer, M. W. and Terry, L. D., Legitimacy, history and logic: public administration ...

Handbook of Public Administration  Third Edition

Since the publication of the previous edition, the best-selling Handbook of Public Administration enters its third edition with substantially revised, updated, and expanded coverage of public administration history, theory, and practice. Edited by preeminent authorities in the field, this work is unparalleled in its thorough coverage and comprehensive references. This handbook examines the major areas in public administration including public budgeting and financial management, human resourcemanagement, decision making, public law and regulation, and political economy. Providing a strong platform for further research and advancement in the field, this book is a necessity for anyone involved in public administration, policy, and management. This edition includes entirely new chapters on information technology and conduct of inquiry. In each area of public administration, there are two bibliographic treatises written from different perspectives. The first examines the developments in the field. The second analyzes theories, concepts, or ideas in the field’s literature.

Handbook of Public Administration Second Edition

Legal Control of Government : Administrative Law in Britain and the United States . New York : Oxford University Press ... The Founders , the Constitution , and Public Administration : A Conflict in World Views . Washington , D.C .

Handbook of Public Administration  Second Edition

This bestselling reference examines all major areas in public administration from the enlightening perspectives of history and the five "great" concepts or theories framing each topic, including public budgeting, financial management, decision making, public law and regulation, and political economy. The American Reference Books Annual calls this ". . .stimulating and thought-provoking....thorough and inclusive....a valuable contribution.," and Canadian Public Administration said it is "....impressive...an extremely useful reference tool... the writing and analysis and the scope of the coverage make the volume a good investment for both government and university libraries."

Foundations of Public Service

The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration: A Conflict in Worldviews. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. ———.2010. In Defense of Politics in Public Administration: A Value Pluralist Perspective.

Foundations of Public Service

Designed to serve as a basic text for introductory courses in public administration, this pioneering work provides students with a clear-eyed understanding of the vital management functions covered in most standard textbooks with two important differences. First, it is written to address the needs of both the experienced practitioner and the entry-level public servant. Case examples bridge the content-rich environment of practitioners with the principles of public administration sought by pre-service students. Second, the discussion of management practices is grounded in the political and ethical tensions inherent in the American constitutional form of governance. This innovative approach reflects the authors' belief that public administration operates as an integral part of the country's political traditions, and thereby helps define the political culture. Key themes in this third edition include: • an emphasis on the ways in which public administration and their agents play a critical role in ensuring legal and political accountability of the political system; • an exploration of local public administration as the backstop of American democracy, requiring a close working partnership between part-time elected officials and career administrators; • careful examination of the ways in which the American political economy requires administrators who are skilled at co-producing the common good with voluntary associations, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other governmental entities; • an understanding that public administration plays a critical role with its prudential judgments in balancing the competing values necessary to secure a regime of ordered liberty. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated, with particular attention paid to chapters on budgeting and revenue, e-government and the digital divide, shared power and the rise of "wicked problems," and the future of public administration in the United States amidst deep polarization. Foundations of Public Service, 3rd Edition provides a framework for understanding American political traditions and how they inform public administration as a political practice. It is required reading for all introductory Public Administration courses with an emphasis on practice and real-world applications.

Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration

Even though the Constitution does not mention the word " administration , " the Pounding Fathers anticipated that federal institutions would have to be established ( Beach et al . 1997 ) . The Founding Fathers were themselves ...

Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration

With contributions from nearly 80 international experts, this comprehensive resource covers diverse issues, aspects, and features of public administration and policy around the world. It focuses on bureaucracy and bureaucratic politics in developing and industrialized countries and emphasizing administrative performance and policy implementation, as well as political system maintenance and regime enhancement. The book covers the history of public administration and bureaucracy in Persia, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium and among the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas, public administration in small island states, Eastern Europe, and ethics and other contemporary issues in public administration.

Leadership of Public Bureaucracies The Administrator as Conservator

11) The Logic of a Constitution: Public Administration and the Checking of Power In our article “Legitimacy, ... Spicer and I assert that this poses a problem for Rohr and others because of the founders' position on slavery, ...

Leadership of Public Bureaucracies  The Administrator as Conservator

The revolution in public management has led many reformers to call for public managers to reinvent themselves as public entrepreneurs. Larry D. Terry opposes this view, and presents a normative theory of administrative leadership that integrates legal, sociological, and constitutional theory.

The Politics Administration Dichotomy

Political theory and public administration. Journal of Politics 13 (1): 59–69. Spicer, M. W. 1995. The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration: A Conflict in World Views. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

The Politics Administration Dichotomy

The politics-administration dichotomy is much mentioned and often criticized in the Public Administration literature. The Politics-Administration Dichotomy: Toward a Constitutional Perspective, Second Edition offers a book-length treatment of this classical notion. While public administration academics typically reject it as an outdated and even dangerous idea, it re-emerges implicitly in their analyses. This book tells the story of how this has happened and suggests a way to get out of the quandary. It analyzes the dichotomy position in terms of content, purpose, and relevance. What’s in the Second Edition Extensive study of the politics-administration dichotomy as a classic idea in Public Administration A much-overlooked constitutionalist line of argument in defense of this widely discredited notion Exploration and further development of the intellectual legacy of Dwight Waldo Coverage of the dichotomy’s conceptual origins in 18th and 19th century Continental-European thought An assessment of main criticisms against and alternatives for the dichotomy presented in the literature Contributions to the newly emerging Constitutional School in the study of public administration An argument against the institutional separation of Political Science and Public Administration in academia Completely revised and updated, the book examines the idea that politics and public administration should be separated in our theories and practices of government. A combination of history of ideas and theoretical analysis, it reconstructs the dichotomy’s conceptual origins and classical understandings and gives an assessment of the main criticisms raised against it and the chief alternatives suggested for it. Arguing that one-sided interpretations have led to the dichotomy’s widespread but wrongful dismissal, the study shows how it can be recovered as a meaningful idea when understood as a constitutional principle. This study helps readers make sense of highly confused debates and challenge the issues with an original and provocative stance.

Government Executive

UBLIC ADMINISTRATION rhe Founders on Management Analyzed to Death. As I was reluming cm an airplane from a trip a while ago, ... >he was correct in her view that the Constitution does not specifically address public administration.

Government Executive


Public Administration and Law

Other issues about government powers arise from interpreting statutes in relations to a constitutional clause. For example, the Commerce Clause ... have considered constitutional design and the founders' intent regarding administration.

Public Administration and Law

Public Administration and Law has been edited for use as a supplement for an undergraduate or MPA level course on administrative law. The selections, all from the pages of Public Administration Review, have been chosen to enlighten and enliven the contents of any standard administrative law textbook. Each of the book's main sections begins with introductory text and discussion questions by the volume editors, Julia Beckett and Heidi Koenig, followed by relevant readings from PAR. The book's contents follow the standard pattern established by the field's major textbooks to facilitate the instructor's ability to assign readings that illuminate lectures and text material. The book concludes with two invaluable resources - a bibliography of 65 years of PAR articles concerning public law, plus a bibliography of law-related articles appearing in other journals published by ASPA.

Handbook of Organizational Theory and Management

Various authors have sought constitutional legitimacy for modern public administration in the expressed views of the Founders . They argue that a strong and energetic administrative state can be justified on the basis of the Founders ...

Handbook of Organizational Theory and Management

Chronologically arranged to demonstrate the evolution of ideas, this book explores major issues in public and government organization theory using classical philosophy. Containing over 2000 bibliographic citations, the book covers the influence Plato's ideas and Jesus' teachings on public administration theory, presents Machiavelli as the creator of the modern concept of public administration, details the effect of mercantilism on political governance, examines the ideas of Jeremy Bentham, John Locke, Adam Smith, and David Hume in American government, discusses the importance of Woodrow Wilson, the Progressive Reform Era, and the Bureau Movement on public administration, and more.

Foundations of Public Service

... era.1 THE FOUNDING ERA (1789–1829) The founders' constitutional design reflected enduring arguments about the role of government in society, arguments that give American public administration its distinctive character.

Foundations of Public Service