Accountability and Independence in Federal Grants-in-aid

  • Michael D. Reagan


My purposes here are primarily analytic and secondarily pro­grammatic. I hope to present a framework for analysis, which will include elaboration of some of the dimensions and problems in­volved, and to argue in favor of emphasis upon one particular kind of accountability and the need for the training of professional program evaluators to do the job of program evaluation that is required.


Political Economy Federal Government Public Assistance Grant Program Project Grant 
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  1. 1.
    See Paul Appleby, Big Democracy (Knopf, New York, 1945), for a classic articulation of the myth that public agencies mean devotion to the public interest.Google Scholar
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    See Joseph P. Harris, Congressional Control of Administration (Brookings, Washington, 1964) ch. 8.Google Scholar
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    James L. Sundquist, Making Federalism Work (Brookings, Washington, 1969) PP. 3–6.Google Scholar
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    These quotations, and larger excerpts from the Bell and Holst reports, may be found in Michael D. Reagan (ed.), Politics, Economics and the General Welfare (Scott, Foresman, Chicago, 1965) ch. 5.Google Scholar
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    For a full review of the revenue sharing-categorical grants issue, with some emphasis on program accountability aspects, see Michael D. Reagan The New Federalism (Oxford University Press, New York, 1972 ).Google Scholar
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    Duane Lockard, Perverted Priorities of American Politics ( Macmillan, New York, 1971 ) p. 103.Google Scholar
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    James L. Sundquist (with David W. Davis), Making Federalism Work (Brookings, Washington, D.C.) pp. 3–5.Google Scholar
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    See Charles R. Adrian, ‘State and Local Government Participation in the Design and Administration of Intergovernmental Programs,’ in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science vol. 359 (May 1965) PP. 35–43.Google Scholar

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© Carnegie Corporation of New York 1975

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