The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State

Public Administration and the Liberal State
Oxford University Press Inc
  • erscheint ca. am 19. November 2020
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  • Hardcover
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  • 438 Seiten
978-0-19-750961-6 (ISBN)
In most liberal democracies for example, the central bank is as independent as the supreme court, yet deals with a wide range of economic, social, and political issues. How do these public servants make these policy decisions? What normative principles inform their judgments? In The Machinery of Government, Joseph Heath attempts to answer these questions. He looks to the actual practice of public administration to see how normative questions are addressed. More broadly, he attempts to provide the outlines of a "philosophy of the executive" by taking seriously the claim to political authority of the most neglected of the three branches of the state.
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  • Höhe: 236 mm
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  • Breite: 163 mm
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  • Dicke: 36 mm
  • 816 gr
978-0-19-750961-6 (9780197509616)
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Joseph Heath is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Trudeau Foundation, Heath is the author of several books, both popular and academic. His most recent, Morality, Competition and the Firm (Oxford University Press 2014), is a collection of papers on business ethics and the normative foundations of market economies. He is also the author of Enlightenment 2.0, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen prize for Political Writing in Canada.
1. Taking Public Administration Seriously
1.1 Inside the machine
1.2 Beyond discretion
1.3 Administrative power
1.4 The permanent civil service
1.5 Political neutrality
1.6 Liberalism or democracy?
1.7 Conclusion

2. A General Framework for the Ethics of Public Administration
2.1 Preliminary clarifications
2.2 Three models of accountability
2.3 The hierarchical model
2.4 The popular model
2.5 The vocational model
2.6 Conclusion

3. Liberalism: From Classical to Modern
3.1 Before liberalism
3.2 The rise of classical liberalism
3.3 The triumph of classical liberalism
3.4 The decline of classical liberalism
3.5 The rise of modern liberalism
3.6 Conclusion

4. Efficiency and the Rise of the Welfare State
4.1 The egalitarian model
4.2 The communitarian model
4.3 The public-economic model
4.4 Assessing the models
4.5 Wagner's law
4.6 The rent-seeking view
4.7 Conclusion

5. Cost-Benefit Analysis as an Expression of Liberal Neutrality
5.1 "Embedded" CBA
5.2 Provision of a public good
5.3 Imposing a regulation
5.4 Assessing safety
5.5 Rationing health care
5.6 Environmental goods
5.7 The three-step procedure
5.8 Conclusion

6. Administrative Discretion and the Rule of Law
6.1 Discretion
6.2 Varieties of discretion
6.3 Discretionary enforcement
6.4 The morality of law
6.5 Administrative law
6.6 Conclusion

7. Paternalism and Individual Freedom
7.1 Mill's argument
7.2 Bureaucratic paternalism
7.3 The Harm Principle
7.4 Hyperbolic discounting
7.5 Cognitive bias
7.6 The nudge framework
7.7 Conclusion

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