Leadership of Public Bureaucracies: The Administrator as by Larry D. Terry

By Larry D. Terry

The revolution in public administration has led many reformers to name for public managers to reinvent themselves as public marketers. Larry D. Terry opposes this view, and offers a normative idea of administrative management that integrates criminal, sociological, and constitutional idea.

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This poses a threat to the citizenry because government officials may use their powers to exploit them. The second reason relates to the unanticipated consequences of public policy errors. Because a great deal of uncertainty surrounds the effects of public policies, rational individuals prefer constitutional rules that restrict the discretionary power of government officials. These rules minimize the cost that citizens must bear because of significant public policy errors. Spicer and I continue by demonstrating that the arguments made by the founders, both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, are concerned with checking the abuse of political power and, thus, are consistent with the logic of a constitution.

White (1939), followed by Dwight Waldo (1948) and Paul Appelby (1949). Critics of the politics/administration dichotomy contend that when viewed in a descriptive sense, the The N eglect of Bureaucratic Leadership 13 dichotomy fails to comport with the realities of the political system. Career executives are more than mere executors of public policies formulated by elected officials; they participate actively in both formulating and implementing public policy. Although many scholars were preoccupied with discrediting the politics/administration dichotomy, the question of bureaucratic leadership received little serious attention.

First, public bureaucracies contribute to the continuous process of determining and defining citizenship in our liberal democratic society. Second, public bureaucracies give “ substance and an organized existence to the values, aspirations and purposes they help the citizenry articulate” (427). Cook makes a persuasive argument. The role he describes and prescribes for public bureaucracies makes it clear that public administrators share with all others in governing the American Republic. The continuing process of fostering citizenship, increasing opportunities for citizens to participate in policy deliberations, and assisting elected po- Leadership in Administration 21 litical officials and the citizenry determine what is in the public interest requires more than a mere preoccupation with the coordination of means or specialized activities.

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