This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Chapter 13: Administrative State and Society: A Case Study of the United States of America
Administrative State and Society: A Case Study of the United States of America
If we are finally to come to terms with the state in America … we will need a reassessment of the significance of our distinctive past. (Skowronek, 1982: 3)
In the United States the relationship between public administration and society has been an uneasy one. Throughout their history Americans have tried to pretend that the country could operate without public administrators. The United States Constitution describes a limited government — one that has only those powers specifically assigned to it — and, as is often pointed out, it does not directly address administrative issues (for example, Rohr, 1986: 1; Stillman, 1999: ...