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The influence of Hume on American public administration

Michael W. Spicer (Professor of Public Administration,Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 September 1997

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Abstract

This article examines the influence of David Hume’s ideas on American public administration. Hume’s ideas have indirectly, via their impact on modern philosophy, encouraged both support for and criticism of empiricist approaches in public administration. Also Hume’s ideas on constitutionalism, because of their influence on the writings and designs of the founders of the Constitution, provide what is arguably his most important legacy for the practice of public administration.

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Spicer, M.W. (1997), "The influence of Hume on American public administration", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 238-245. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552529710181596

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MCB UP Ltd

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