Summary Of 'America' Broken Government: What Would James Madison Say?

analytical Essay
3015 words
3015 words

Lynn, Laurence E, Jr. 2013. “America’s ‘Broken Government’: What Would James Madison Say?” Administration and Society 45.5 (July): 610–624. In the article “America’s ‘Broken Government’: What Would James Madison Say?” the author Laurence E. Lynn Jr. provides the reader with important facts about the establishment of American government and what can be done to fix its brokenness. His viewpoint is that the government is not broken, but that the people who govern are broken by not maintaining a “perfect union” or “domestic tranquility.” (611) The author’s viewpoint is based on James Madison’s contribution to the Constitution. The foundation that the Constitution was created upon has not changed; however, the way it is utilized is affected our nation. James Madison envisioned that basic governing structures, virtues, and inherent fairness for everyone would ensure that liberty and justice were sustained; however, the author states that neither competence nor virtue is certain. (613, 623) In order to provide an insight to the mindset of James Madison’s vision for the Constitution’s use in American government, Lynn uses excerpts from the Federalist to show the reader how Madison incorporated an “institutional design” to structure and guide the separated powers of our government as well as the checks and balances used to maintain order. (614) This approach made sense because the included excerpts showed that the structure of government has remained true. The author states that issues with the government arise due to the rival interests of our elected officials. He describes this as being “grid-locked” and states that the parties involved within our governing body become divided by these “ideological and interest-based” conflicts. The... ... middle of paper ... ...te. These methods help him to effectively compile pertinent information from leadership literature in order to provide the reader with an article that successfully brings the ideals of leadership together. Overall, the author does a great job of providing the reader with a better understanding of how each leadership could be implemented, the advantages of each style, and what concerns may arise from a particular leadership style. Van Wart’s article serves “to provide a frame for what is constant in leadership and what is new in leadership.” This article would be beneficial for those who are “aspiring to leadership” or someone who currently holds a leadership role. (553) Van Wart inclusion of a chart makes this information easy to share at a short leadership meeting and may enlighten someone in an administrative position on how to be a more effective leader.

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  • Analyzes how laurence e. lynn jr. provides the reader with important facts about the establishment of american government and what can be done to fix its brokenness.
  • Analyzes how lynn uses excerpts from the federalist to show how madison incorporated an "institutional design" to structure and guide the separated powers of our government and checks and balances used to maintain order.
  • Analyzes how uses the 2011 debt crisis as an example of the "dramatic shift of legislative power from the democrats to the republicans."
  • Analyzes how lynn illustrates the relationship between citizens and the establishment that governs them. when these interests are not in line with one another, they taint the public's perception of the purpose and intentions of government.
  • Elaborates on the current state of politics and its drift towards plutocracy, the government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
  • Analyzes how madison argues that government must protect everyone, including the weak. madison would rely on the checks and balances presented within the constitution.
  • Opines that the brokenness discussed by so many is not at fault to any vagueness or wrong doing within the constitution, but to the loss of the documents purpose.
  • Analyzes how separates the word government from its common use and breaks it down to the powers that james madison intended for us to use.
  • Analyzes how jamil jreisat informs the reader about the many benefits of comparative public administration and how this type of research can improve the condition of developing countries.
  • Explains that the comparative approach is an important research technique in the field of public administration.
  • States that the main concern of comparative public administration is "establishing general patterns" and that vast expansion is needed to discover and define successful or unsuccessful practices.
  • Argues that more rules need to be set in order to guide the process of mapping the contextual relationships in its varied linkages and connections.
  • Opines that jreisat believes that developmental administration is compelling to the advancement of comparative administrative research.
  • Analyzes how jreisat uses woodrow wilson's quote to persuade the reader of the importance of cross-cultural and global research.
  • Explains the purpose of comparative public administration and why it is important in increasing the globalization of administrative concepts. he encourages past research attempts by commending the positive steps that have been made up to this point.
  • Analyzes how lance compa's article, "do international freedom of association standards apply to public sector labor relations in the united states?" focuses on national and international levels of labor laws and collective bargaining.
  • Analyzes how uses laws, national polls, and court cases to support his thesis. these methods added to the readers understanding of what happened in certain states and countries when issues with labor rights occurred.
  • Analyzes how the governors of wisconsin, ohio, florida, michigan, and other states removed public employee's collective bargaining rights and that the republican moves towards an anti-union state "galvanized" those affected.
  • Analyzes how supported his thesis by comparing various labor organizations' laws, rules, and procedures to show how several different aspects work to either remove or maintain labor policies.
  • Explains that they consulted donald f. kettl's "the politics of the administrative process" on collective bargaining issues to investigate the contribution of this article to labor rights and human rights.
  • Opines that compa's article shows the challenges and prospects of collective bargaining, but there would need more information and details to support the legality issues faced by the violation of the international labor organization standards by twenty states.
  • Explains that van wart's article "lessons from leadership theory and the contemporary challenges of leaders" provides a relatively instrumental framework for leadership theories.
  • Explains van wart's two approaches to defining leadership: a "how-to" approach that defines leadership by one aspect, but may omit important roles, and the list approach.
  • Analyzes van wart's five well-recognized theories as they relate to the solution of the present-day challenges.
  • Explains the classical management method, the transactional leadership theory, and the transformational theory.
  • Analyzes how van wart provides examples of how each theory works to support why these various styles of leadership remain relevant within administrative positions.
  • Analyzes how van wart uses several journal articles on administrative ethics, management, and roles to investigate his topic of leadership theories.
  • Opines that van wart's article provides a frame for what is constant in leadership and what’s new in it. a chart makes this information easy to share and may enlighten an administrative position.
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