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Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X
Merged into: Management Decision

Online from: 1995

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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John Locke’s influence on American government and public administration

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Title:John Locke’s influence on American government and public administration
Author(s):Mark F. Griffith, (The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama)
Citation:Mark F. Griffith, (1997) "John Locke’s influence on American government and public administration", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 3 Iss: 3, pp.224 - 237
Keywords:American government, John Locke, Political philosophy, Public administration, Thomas Hobbes
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/13552529710181578 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:John Locke, one of the most influential writers in history, profoundly affected the principles upon which the government of the United States was founded. He leaves a legacy of thoughts on human understanding, religion, economics, and politics that still influence the structure, environment, and operation of public administration today. He is most noted for his concept of separation of powers and for his ideas about property as the basis for prosperity. he moderated the more radical teachings of Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli. His politics, emerging from the concept of a state of nature, involved the underlying radical, modern premises about religion and morality. Locke presents his case for what we would call modern liberal democracy. He created the modern emphasis on constitutionalism that defines, in part, the relationship between the political system and the bureaucracy. Finally, he was an important link in the development of modern executive and legislative power.

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