Federalist No. 27: Is Transparency Essential for Public Confidence in Government?
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 s47–s52, December 2011
How to Cite
Newbold, S. P. (2011), Federalist No. 27: Is Transparency Essential for Public Confidence in Government?. Public Administration Review, 71: s47–s52. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02461.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
One of the great themes of The Federalist Papers is that good government is dependent on good administration. In Federalist No. 27, Publius underscores two important themes. First, he argues that in order to preserve citizen confidence in government, there must be competent administration, and second, he maintains the need for a strong national government to safeguard the republican principles embedded within the Constitution. Publius's contribution to democratic theory and American republicanism proves as enlightening today as it was when he first published this essay in 1787, and it continues to provide important lessons for public administration and the democratic governance process.