Federalist No. 85: Has the National Government Become an “Awful Spectacle”?
Article first published 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 s155–s159, December 2011
How to Cite
Light, P. C. (2011), Federalist No. 85: Has the National Government Become an “Awful Spectacle”?. Public Administration Review, 71: s155–s159. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02476.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist No. 85 offers a synopsis of the overall case for the Constitution. Describing the dangers of a nation without a national government as an “awful spectacle,” the paper provides a rebuttal to the active opposition to ratification. Focusing entirely on the operations of government, this essay examines contemporary challenges to faithfully executing the laws and offers an analysis of comprehensive reforms for creating greater accountability, efficiency, and productivity.