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Federalist Nos. 67-77 offer a strong defense of the 'energetic executive" embedded in the new constitution, which is best captured in Alexander Hamilton's statement that "the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration." This essay places this definition into historical context by comparing the national government of today to the principles laid out in the Federalist Papers.


Bilmes, Linda J. "Federalist Nos. 67-77: How Would Publius Envision the Civil Service Today?" Public Administration Review 71.Supplement 1 (December 2011): S105-S111.