Federalist No. 1: How Would Publius Define Good Government Today?
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Society for Public Administration
Public Administration Review
Special Issue: The Federalist Papers Revised for Twenty-First-Century Reality Edited by Paul C. Light of the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University Co-sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California
Volume 71, Issue Supplement s1, pages s7–s14, December 2011
How to Cite
Light, P. C. (2011), Federalist No. 1: How Would Publius Define Good Government Today?. Public Administration Review, 71: s7–s14. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02456.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 1 sets the basic framework for interpreting the U.S. Constitution. It contains an implied definition of “good government” that occupied the founders as they built a stronger national government. This essay explains the conflict embedded in the debate between the two theories of good government offered by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and asks how the competing definitions might be reconciled with recent experience.