Alexander Hamilton and Hamiltonianism

Hatipoglu O. G.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.46, no.4, pp.67-92, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : AMME IDARESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-92
  • Keywords: American Public Administration Discipline, America's Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers, Jeffersonianism, Hamiltonianism, Madisonianism, HAMILTON,ALEXANDER


The birth of the American Public Administration discipline has generally been considered a 20th Century development. However, the Foundation Era has deep and permanent impacts on the structure of the US Public Administration. During that Era, there appeared two distinct administrative views corely based on the conflict of opinion on the power of the central government, which dates back to the debates on the US Constitution. The debates that focus around this intellectual dichotomy of Hamiltonianism vs. Jeffersonianism/Madisonianism still maintain their heat at present. In this study, the works, the Federalist Papers and administration concept of Alexander Hamilton one of the Founding Fathers - are examined with an aim to analyze the said dichotomy. It was concluded at the end of the study that the influence of the two-hundred-years-old administrative concept of Hamilton still continues, and that Hamiltonianism is almost coded in the public administration discipline of USA.