The Estranged Legislative and Executive Branches

Public Administration TimesHugh Heclo’s A Government of Strangers, published 40 years ago, described the very different worlds of high-level federal appointees and the civil-servant worker bees they purportedly manage. Today that sort of estrangement has spread beyond agencies to the first and second branches of government, with toxic results.

Government Disservice: Overcoming Washington Dysfunction to Improve Congressional Stewardship of the Executive Branch reports that the legislative and executive branches are badly discordant: “There is a pervasive sense that those running executive branch agencies and those serving in Congress often live in parallel universes—a condition that many believe has grown worse over time.” (Read more at Public Administration Times)

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