Handbook of American Public Administration
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Handbook of American Public Administration

Edited by Edmund C. Stazyk and H. G. Frederickson

The Handbook of American Public Administration draws on the expertise of established and emerging scholars to provide national and international audiences a comprehensive review of the current state and future direction of theory and practice in US public administration. The authors provide a cross-disciplinary, holistic review of the field and pave an agenda for future research.
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Chapter 3: Reviving the study of public administration’s legal foundation: juris et de jure

Andrew Osorio


Law is a foundation of the study and practice of public administration. Nevertheless, law suffers from the “anti-legal temper” of public administration scholarship. This chapter illustrates the potential for a renewed focus on law and legal institutions within public administration by highlighting two areas of interdisciplinary research. First, the legal facet of interlocal government collaboration has been largely ignored in public administration. Accordingly, this chapter explores why legal studies have failed to gain traction among public administration scholars and how the legal literature on interlocal government cooperation can benefit the study of collaboration in public administration. Second, this chapter explains that judicial administration (that is, the planning and operation of courts) is neglected by public management literature and why this oversight must be remedied. First, this chapter begins by introducing the most common treatment of law within public administration: federal administrative law.

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