The Organization of State Administration in Delaware

The Organization of State Administration in Delaware

The Organization of State Administration in Delaware

The Organization of State Administration in Delaware

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Studies in state administration until recent years have tended to be restricted to the description of the formal structure of administrative organization and the relating of that structure to accepted patterns of administrative arrangements intended to achieve an integrated system for the effectuation of public policy. While the need for relating the administrative organization to the social and political realities underlying the administrative process is receiving increasing recognition, few systematic inquiries have been made into the nature of the connection existing between the political situation and the administrative operation in any given state.

The present study of the administrative organization in the State of Delaware seeks to relate administrative arrangements, in their formal and informal aspects, to the political and social patterns current in the community. While it is readily agreed that the findings resulting from this investigation may have limited application, it is hoped that this research may furnish new insights into the administrative process generally and help provide a basis for further examination in this important phase of public administration.

The author had indispensable assistance from Dr. V. O. Key, Jr., formerly of the Political Science faculty at The Johns Hopkins University (now Chairman of the Political Science Department at Yale University), and Dr. Carl B. Swisher, Chairman of the Political Science Department at The Johns Hopkins University. It was their kindly and sustained interest that provided the force necessary to bring the project to a conclusion. To the members of the general seminar in political science at the University during the years 1946 to 1949 1 owe much. It was their comments and suggestions which often gave needed direction to my work. Without the cooperation of the many state officials and private citizens, in submitting to interviews, this study would have been impossible. To Mr. Leon de Valinger, State Archivist of Delaware, I wish to express my . . .

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