Building the Compensatory State: An Intellectual History and Theory of American Administrative Reform, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Building the Compensatory State

An Intellectual History and Theory of American Administrative Reform, 1st Edition

By Robert Durant

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368 pages

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Contemporary public administration research has arguably marginalized the importance of "taking history seriously." With few exceptions, little scholarship has emerged in the field in the last twenty years that looks longitudinally (rather than cross-sectionally), contextually, and theoretically over extended time periods at "big questions" in public administration. One such "big question" involves the evolution of American administrative reform and its link since the nation’s founding to American state building. This book addresses this gap by analyzing administrative reform in unprecedented empirical and theoretical ways. In taking a multidisciplinary approach, it incorporates recent developments in cognate research fields in the humanities and social sciences that have been mostly ignored in public administration. It thus challenges existing notions of the nature, scope, and power of the American state and, with these, important aspects of today’s conventional wisdom in public administration.

Author Robert F. Durant explores the administrative state in a new light as part of a "compensatory state" -- driven, shaped, and amplified since the nation’s founding by a corporate–social science nexus of interests. Arguing that this nexus of interests has contributed to citizen estrangement in the United States, he offers a broad empirical and theoretical understanding of the political economy of administrative reform and its role in state building. Offering a reconsideration of conventional wisdom in public administration, this book is required reading for all students, scholars, or practitioners of public administration or public policy.

Table of Contents

Biography

Chapter 1: Fuzzy Pictures in Our Heads?

Chapter 2: The Founding Era, the Corporate–Social Science Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1730–1824

Chapter 3: Inflexion Politics, the Corporate–Social Science Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1824–1880

Chapter 4: Industrial Agonistes, the Corporate–Social Science Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1880–1920

Chapter 5: Post-War Boom and Bust, the Corporate–Social Science Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1920–1940

Chapter 6: World War II, The Cold War Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1940–1980

Chapter 7: Neoliberalism, the Corporate–Social Science Nexus, and American Administrative Reform, Circa 1980–2016

Chapter 8: Seeing with New Eyes?

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Robert F. Durant is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University, USA. His teaching and research focused on executive branch politics, public management, policy implementation, environmental policy, and administrative reform. He received seven book awards, two best article awards, and the prestigious Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for excellence in research, teaching, and service to the wider community. In addition, he has won seven teaching awards including the 2007 Outstanding Teaching Award in the School of Public Affairs and the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Thailand in 2002. In 2011, he was named AU Scholar-Teacher of the Year. In 2012, he received the Dwight Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of public administration over an extended career. In 2013, he received the John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary research in the joint tradition of public administration and political science. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Public Administration and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL017000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POL028000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General