Bureaucracy and Self-Government

Bureaucracy and Self-Government : Reconsidering the Role of Public Administration in American Politics

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In this new edition of his provocative book Bureaucracy and Self-Government, Brian J. Cook reconsiders his thesis regarding the inescapable tension between the ideal of self-government and the reality of administratively centered governance. Revisiting his historical exploration of competing conceptions of politics, government, and public administration, Cook offers a novel way of thinking constitutionally about public administration that transcends debates about "big government." Cook enriches his historical analysis with new scholarship and extends that analysis to the present, taking account of significant developments since the mid-1990s. Each chapter has been updated, and two new chapters sharpen Cook's argument for recognizing a constitutive dimension in normative theorizing about public administration.
The second edition also includes reviews of Jeffersonian impacts on administrative theory and practice and Jacksonian developments in national administrative structures and functions, a look at the administrative theorizing that presaged progressive reforms in civil service, and insight into the confounding complexities that characterize public thinking about administration in a postmodern political order.
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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 431g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • second edition
  • No
  • 1421415526
  • 9781421415529

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Series Editor's Foreword
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition
1. Public Administration as Instrument and Institution
2. Preserving the Chain of Dependence: The Ideas of the Founding and Early Republic
3. Restoring Republican Virtue: The Impact of Jacksonian Ideals
4. Perfecting the Neutral Instrument: Transformations of the Second State and Progressive Reforms
5. Serving the Liberal State: Administration and the Rise of the New Deal Political Order
6. Politics and Administration after the New Deal: Liberal Orthodoxy and Its Challenges
7. The Constitutive Dimension of Public Administration: Appreciating Consequences
8. Bureaucracy and the Future of American Self-Government
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Useful for advanced students and faculty... Recommended. Choice
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About Brian J. Cook

Brian J. Cook is a professor of public administration and policy at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Democracy and Administration: Woodrow Wilson's Ideas and the Challenges of Public Management, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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