Democratic Discontent, Administrative Instability, and the Capacity to Govern
The organizing idea for the panel is to address questions of renewed relevance such as: To what extent have recent developments in democratic politics begun to erode the capacity of the civil service to govern effectively day to day? To what extent does a more insulated or autonomous public service lessen or increase the apparent new instabilities of democratic politics? In light of new realities, what responses are appropriate to ensure stable, responsive governing capacity in liberal democracies? The panel will take a comparative approach, with presenters addressing these and other questions with reference to the U.S. and several other regions of the world. The panel will also serve as the key event to mark the 50th year of publication of the scholarly journal Administration & Society.
Brian J. Cook, Virginia Tech (Chair)