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Populism and Public Administration: Confronting the Administrative State

Journal article
Authors B. G. Peters
Jon Pierre
Published in Administration & Society
Volume 51
Issue 10
Pages 1521-1545
ISSN 0095-3997
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 1521-1545
Language en
Keywords populism, public administration, governance, democratic backsliding, government, party, Public Administration
Subject categories Political Science


Populism has been perhaps the most popular explanation for the difficulties that have been besetting contemporary governments. But despite the intense interest in populism as a political phenomenon, very little has been written assessing the implications for governance and even less on the implications for public administration. Focusing on the United States, but adding some comparative analysis, this article examines the implications of populist politics for public administration and the role of the bureaucracy in governance.

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