Federalist No. 70: Can the Public Service Survive in the Contest Between Hamilton’s Aspirations and Madison’s Reality?
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 s105–s111, December 2011
How to Cite
Arnold, P. E. (2011), Federalist No. 70: Can the Public Service Survive in the Contest Between Hamilton’s Aspirations and Madison’s Reality?. Public Administration Review, 71: s105–s111. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02469.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 70 is widely viewed as a sweeping description and defense of the need for energy in the executive. This essay begins this detailed examination of Federalist No. 70 by comparing Alexander Hamilton’s ideals with James Madison’s more cautionary exposition on separated powers. According to the author, Hamilton’s notion of a public service driven by honor eventually was undermined by partisanship and congressional prerogatives expressed in the rise of a “businesslike” path away from corruption and waste. The essay concludes with a brief description of a “counterfactual” revision to Federalist No. 70 containing a conception of good public service with a capacity to resist the incursions of expanding democratization and political parties.