A Conservative Critique of Blacksburg

Phillip Gray, Sara Mattingly-Jordan

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This article presents a conservative rejoinder to the Blacksburg perspective inviting a more discursive elaboration on the overlaps between key conservative thinkers, such as those from Michael Oakeshott, and portions of the Blacksburg view, specifically from the works of John Rohr and Charles T. Goodsell. We posit a conservative perspective that would contest three points in the Refounding texts. The article concludes by elaborating on the generative role that a discussion between the Refounders and key conservatives plays in positing new avenues for administrative theory and addressing challenges to the discretionary power of civil servants in a constitutional democracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-747
Number of pages23
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018



  • administrative state
  • Blacksburg
  • conservatism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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