Public Administration and the Constitution
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Series Editors’ Foreword
The Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance and Public Management seeks to publish the best empirically oriented work at the junction of public policy and public management. The goal is to build knowledge that can make a difference in how we understand public policies and that can make their operation more effective. The Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance...
The seeds that have grown into Madison’s Managers (the title is Bertelli’s inspiration) were sown several years ago when Lynn agreed to be an expert witness for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services in a class-action lawsuit alleging that agency mismanagement was causing systematic violations of the statutory and constitutional rights of the children in its...
1 Separated We Stand
The welfare of all Americans depends upon effective public management. The security of the nation, the assurance of civil and criminal justice, the stability and fairness of the economy, equitable access to the resources necessary for individual and collective growth and well-being, and the achievement of the multifarious public policy goals approved by voters and...
2 That Old-Time Religion
As the field of public administration has outgrown its youth, generation gaps have opened and widened. The field’s seminal figures and ideas have increasingly been regarded as rustic and naïve, even deluded, rather than insightful and prescient when confronting the enduring challenges of constitutional governance. Though there are exceptions...
3 Orthodoxy and Its Discontents
The tenets, ideas, and prescriptions of public administration’s most prominent pre–World War II contributors enjoyed a fair measure of prestige by the late 1930s. Following Wallace Sayre (1958), traditional thinking is widely (although incorrectly) held to have reached its apogee of influence with the 1937 report of the President’s Committee on Administrative Management...
4 Raising the Bar: Law and the Administrative Process
Throughout its history, the field of public administration has been strikingly consistent in one significant respect: its ‘‘anti-legal temper’’ (Waldo 1984, 80). John Gaus (1923–1924, 220) notes that ‘‘the new administration . . . claims wide exemption from judicial review of its findings of fact.’’ Says Leonard White (1926, preface), ‘‘The study of administration should start...
5 A Theory of Politically Responsive Bureaucrats
The recruitment, selection, and retention of federal bureaucrats—that is, the personnel function of American public administration—has largely been relegated to the status of a mundane specialty within the larger field of public administration. In this chapter, we argue that, properly conceived, the personnel function is intended to address—and is only effective...
6 Managerial Responsibility: A Precept
Defined by Alexander Hamilton as ‘‘due dependence on the people in a republican sense,’’ the concept of managerial responsibility has been central to public administration’s claim to constitutional legitimacy from the beginning of the Republic. Using formal reasoning, we argue in chapter 5 that managerial commitment to a precept of managerial responsibility comprising judgment, balance, rationality,...
7 Public Management: The Madisonian Solution
The separation-of-powers orientation of modern administrative law demands a constitutional justification for public management. We offer a theory of public management that draws its validity precisely from the separation of powers. That theory, expressed as a precept of managerial responsibility, operates through the long-neglected personnel function of the administrative state, a...
Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 1 line drawing
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance and Public Management
Series Editor Byline: Kenneth J. Meier and Laurence J. O'Toole Jr., Series Editors See more Books in this Series
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