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Author Michaels, Jon D., author.

Title Constitutional coup : privatization's threat to the American republic / Jon D. Michaels.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.


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Description viii, 312 pages ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Pax Administrativa's rise : modern public administration and the administrative separation of powers -- 1. Historic privatization and the premodern administrative state -- 2. The rise and reign of Pax Administrativa -- 3. The constitutional and normative underpinnings of the twentieth-century administrative state -- Part II. The privatization revolution : privatization, businesslike government, and the collapsing of the administrative separation of powers -- 4. The beginning of the end : disenchantment with Pax Administrativa and the pivot to privatization -- 5. The mainstreaming of privatization : an agenda for all seasons and all responsibilities -- 6. Privatization as a constitutional, and constitutionally fraught, project -- Part III. Establishing a Second Pax Administrativa -- 7. The separations of powers in the twenty-first century -- 8. Recalibrating the relationship between and among the constitutional and administrative rivals -- 9. Judicial custodialism -- 10. Legislative custodialism.
Summary Americans have a love-hate relationship with government. Rejecting bureaucracy--but not the goods and services the welfare state provides--Americans have demanded that government be made to run like a business. Hence today's privatization revolution. But as Jon D. Michaels shows, separating the state from its public servants, practices, and institutions does violence to our Constitution, and threatens the health and stability of the Republic. Constitutional Coup puts forward a legal theory that explains the modern welfare state as a worthy successor to the framers' three-branch government. What legitimates the welfare state is its recommitment to a rivalrous system of separation of powers, in which political agency heads, career civil servants, and the public writ large reprise and restage the same battles long fought among Congress, the president, and the courts. Privatization now proclaims itself as another worthy successor, this time to an administrative state that Americans have grown weary of. Yet it is a constitutional usurper. Privatization dismantles those commitments to separating and checking state power by sidelining rivalrous civil servants and public participants. Constitutional Coup cements the constitutionality of the administrative state, recognizing civil servants and public participants as necessary--rather than disposable--components. Casting privatization as an existential constitutional threat, it underscores how the fusion of politics and profits commercializes government--and consolidates state power in ways both the framers and administrative lawyers endeavored to disaggregate. It urges--and sketches the outlines of--a twenty-first-century bureaucratic renaissance.-- Provided by publisher
Subject Privatization -- United States -- History.
Welfare state -- United States -- History.
Constitutional law -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Constitutional law. (OCoLC)fst00875797
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Privatization. (OCoLC)fst01077649
Welfare state. (OCoLC)fst01173685
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780674737730 (hardcover)
0674737733 (hardcover)

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