Federalist Nos. 67–77 How Would Publius Envision the Civil Service Today?
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 s98–s104, December 2011
How to Cite
Bilmes, L. J. (2011), Federalist Nos. 67–77 How Would Publius Envision the Civil Service Today?. Public Administration Review, 71: s98–s104. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02468.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist Nos. 67–77 offer a strong defense of the “energetic executive” embedded in the new constitution, which is perhaps best captured in Alexander Hamilton’s famous conclusion that “the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.” This essay places this basic definition into historical context by reviewing the erosion of the national government’s emphasis on public duty as a prerequisite for effectiveness. Reading widely across the Federalist Papers, the author argues that the founders would be taken aback by the national government’s sheer scale and complexity and would strongly restate their basic principles of a government well executed.