Federalist No. 10: Are Factions the Problem in Creating Democratic Accountability in the Public Interest?
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
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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 s29–s36, December 2011
How to Cite
Knott, J. H. (2011), Federalist No. 10: Are Factions the Problem in Creating Democratic Accountability in the Public Interest?. Public Administration Review, 71: s29–s36. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02459.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 10 contains an optimistic view of the national government's ability to fulfill its obligations in the midst of what was, at the time, a small but challenged nation. This essay suggests that the founders did not anticipate the pernicious effects of rent seeking, corruption, and repression of minorities, and they failed to anticipate the calamities associated with slavery. The essay asks about the role of government as a party machine, a business, a policy process, and a contractor and examines a variety of contemporary theories for explaining government performance.