Public Administration Quarterly

Public Administration Quarterly is a magazine focusing on Politics

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, Winter

A Society of Control: The People and the Individual
INTRODUCTION Catlaw's book Fabricating the People is a critical work within the field of governance, providing much-needed analysis of the democratic ideal of representation set against the widespread distrust of government. While the overall argument...
Fabricating Ontology? an Introduction to the Symposium on Fabricating the People
This symposium originated with Alexander Kouzmin just before his untimely death and it has been my honor to finish this task for him. I miss Alex Kouzmin every day and wish I could have worked on this symposium with him. It would have been a joy to...
Labyrinths and Fabrications: Public Administration and the People
INTRODUCTION In his provocative book, Fabricating the People, Thomas J. Catlaw (2007) seeks to explain the "rising tide of hostility toward government" in the past thirty years and the (in his view) related "crisis of legitimacy" in the field of...
Legitimacy and the Administrative State: Ontology, History, and Democracy
The state appears to be facing a legitimacy crisis. Longstanding electoral democracies have experienced a steady decline in popular legitimacy and participation. Surveys point to falling rates of trust in government and declining support for elected...
Reconsidering Fabricating the People: A Reply to the Symposium Contributors
I want to thank the contributors to this symposium for generously giving their time and insight to this discussion of the book, Fabricating the People: Politics and Administration in the Biopolitical State. Alexander Kouzmin, initiated this symposium...
Strong Ties and the Making of Political Space: A Reflection on Catlaw's Fabricating the People
For more than a century, public administration theorizing in the United States has been practiced within a framework of largely unquestioned assumptions about the American political economy and its structural elements. These include Constitutional...
Thomas Catlaw and the Rule of Law
In Fabricating the People (2007), Thomas Catlaw asks impossible questions. What does representation represent? What does administration administer? One answer that Catlaw explores, and that I want to concentrate on here is that administration both...
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