The Significance of The Administrative State


Camilla Stivers is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Her forthcoming book is entitled Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service (Georgetown University Press).


To mark the 60th anniversary of the appearance of The Administrative State by reexamining the politics–administration debate is confining and ignores Waldo’s grand enterprise to describe the unique context in which American public administration emerged and developed. Instead of bemoaning or strategizing the reconciliation of a supposed schism, modern scholars should appreciate what is, in fact, a natural and necessary tension.