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By Stephanie P. Newbold

ISBN-10: 1438430736

ISBN-13: 9781438430737

Examine of Thomas Jefferson's legacy in public management.

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Experts have said that perhaps no president and his secretary of state ever worked together with as complete understanding as Jefferson and Madison. Jefferson had served for years at the French court, while Madison had never been abroad; and it was natural for Jefferson to make the great decisions himself (White 1951, 184). Jefferson’s and Madison’s complementary roles within the third administration created a political and administrative environment where the president was able to cultivate his managerial preferences for harmony, governmental simplicity, and responsibility in an unprecedented manner, especially when compared to the types of executive relationships Washington and Adams fostered.

Robert Johnstone, a political scientist who has greatly expanded our knowledge of the Jefferson presidency, elaborated on Caldwell’s assessment and maintained that Jefferson believed “the affairs of the people could be handled most efficiently and effectively at the local level by officials aware of local problems and local sensibilities” (1978, 83). The concept of decentralization focused on the incorporation of individual and local values into the policy process with limited state and federal influences.

The mode and degrees of communication particularly between the President and heads of departments have not been practised [sic] exactly on the same rule in all of them. S. federal government provided him many opportunities to evaluate the managerial and organizational strengths and weaknesses of departmental operations under Washington and Adams. He often pointed out these differences with little hesitation: He [Washington] was always in accurate possession of all facts and proceedings in every part of the Union, and to whatsoever department they related; he formed a central point for the different branches, preserved an [sic] unity of object and action among them, exercised that participation in the gestion [sic] of affairs which his office made incumbent on him, and met himself the due responsibility for whatever was done.

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