"In this classic, Gaus writes perceptively of the 'ecology' of public administration and its relationship to the rise of the administrative state. He recounts how crises and changes in people, place, physical technology, social technology, and philosophy in the first half of the 20th century led citizens repeatedly to look to government for relief. Politicians, in turn, created or expanded the powers of public agencies." --Journal of Management History
John Merriman Gaus is considered one of the founding fathers of the discipline of public administration. In addition to serving as president of the American Political Science Association, he wrote several other books, including The Frontiers of Public Administration.