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Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the Twenty-First Century

by John Marini ; edited By Ken Masugi
Format
Book
Published
New York : Encounter Books, [2019]
Language
English
ISBN
9781641770231 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Summary
"The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency shocked the political establishment, triggering a wave of hysteria among the bicoastal elite that may yet never subside. The biggest shockwaves of all however were felt not in the progressive parishes of Manhattan or San Francisco, but in the halls of the political elite's cherished and oft-overlooked center of power: Washington, D.C.'s sprawling 'administrative state.' For President Trump represented an existential threat to its denizens, which came to be known as 'swamp creatures.' How did it come to pass that the 'deconstruction' of this obscure institution - the 'draining of the swamp' - would become a core aim of the Trump administration, impacting everything from judicial appointments to the federal budget and regulatory policy? Could public aversion to policies and practices for which the administrative state was sometimes surreptitiously and other times overtly responsible explain President Trump's rise? What was the intellectual basis for the argument that the administrative state need be dismantled in the first place? The answers to these questions and many more lie in the underappreciated but revolutionary scholarship of Professor John Marini, collected in his timely, comprehensive, accessible new book, Unmasking the Administrative State"--
Contents
  • Hunting the administrative state
  • Our abandoned Constitution
  • Donald Trump and the American crisis
  • Congress: Reluctant defender of the administrative state
  • State or Constitution? The political conditions of bureaucratic rule: the executive, Congress, and the courts under the administrative state
  • Budgets, separation of powers, and the rise of the administrative state
  • Progressivism, immigration, and the transformation of American citizenship
  • Politics, rhetoric, and legitimacy: The Role of bureaucracy in the Watergate Affair
  • Tocqueville's centralized administration and the "New Despotism"
  • On Harvey Mansfield's Jefferson lecture: How to understand politics
  • Roosevelt's or Reagan's America? A time for choosing
  • Theories of the legislature: The changing character of the American Congress
  • Progressivism, the social sciences, and the rational state
  • Wisdom and moderation: Leo Strauss's On Tyranny; Modern thought and its "unmanly contempt for politics"
  • Trump and the future.
Description
pages cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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