Federalist No. 72: What Happened to the Public Service Ideal?
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 s143–s147, December 2011
How to Cite
Perry, J. L. (2011), Federalist No. 72: What Happened to the Public Service Ideal?. Public Administration Review, 71: s143–s147. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02474.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 72 is an oft-neglected defense of the president’s reeligibility for election. However, the paper goes well beyond this issue to basic models of human nature and motivation. James L. Perry’s essay confronts this broad issue as a guide to “a public service ethic.” Like other authors in this special issue, Perry reads broadly through the Federalist Papers in search of a deeper definition of public service motivation as a balance between the potency of passion and the limits of reason. Controlling passion was no doubt important to the founders, but it may have drowned out the greater good envisioned in public service commitments to acting on behalf of the people.