The Constitutional Responsibility of the Civil Service

  • John A. Rohr


This chapter examines the constitutional foundation of the American civil service and suggests that the Constitution of the United States serves as apt instrument for alerting American civil servants to the important roles they play in the governance of their country. It is a comparative study only in the sense that I show at the outset just why the Constitution of the United States is a more likely candidate for this pedagogical task than the constitutions of Canada, France and the United Kingdom.


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