Federalist No. 70: Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?
Version of Record 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 s118–s127, December 2011
How to Cite
Wedel, J. R. (2011), Federalist No. 70: Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?. Public Administration Review, 71: s118–s127. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02471.x
- Issue online: 14 NOV 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 70 argues that presidents will rise above factions through their power to assemble a government composed of highly motivated, accountable officers. The author confronts this assumption through a detailed examination of the heavy use of contractors in today’s administrative state. She documents the challenges and dangers associated with the role of contractors to execute the laws through broad mandates. An appendix to Federalist No. 70 offers a series of tweets that would introduce needed reforms in the hidden workforce of contractors.