The contributors to this volume contend that the North American political system is undergoing a serious governmental crisis - political leaders know only how to campaign, not how to gain consensus on goals or direct a course that is to the good of the nation. Public administration is therefore forced to compensate for the growing inadequacy of the `leaders', and with a normative-based body of theorizing, perform its key role of governance within a democratic system of polycentric power. The book offers a revisualization of the relationship between public servants and the citizens they serve, and a continuing discourse on how public administration can constructively balance forces of change and stability in order for democr
Chapter 8: The Public Administration and the Problem of the Presidency
The Public Administration and the Problem of the Presidency
In earlier years I was an admirer of the Presidency.
I am no longer.
In April 1950 the renowned presidential scholar, Edwin S. Corwin, delivered a lecture at the University of Virginia titled “The Problem of the Presidency.” In this lecture, Corwin developed his “Whig interpretation” of the president's proper place in the Constitution, and he also delivered his famous indictment: “Taken by and large, the history of the Presidency has been a history of aggrandizement” (1951, p. 57). Since 1950, Corwin's specter of the superordinate presidency has evolved into Richard Nixon's imperial presidency and then, subsequently, declined into what many critics consider to ...