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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mitchell, Joseph Pershing
URN etd-0305100-180653
Title The Central Bankers: Administrative Legitimacy and the Federal Reserve System
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rohr, John A. Committee Chair
Dudley, Larkin S. Committee Member
Rees, Joesph V. Committee Member
Wamsley, Gary L. Committee Member
White, Orion F. Jr. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Central Banks
  • Administrative Agencies
  • Governance
Date of Defense 2000-02-25
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In this dissertation, I study the legitimacy of the Federal Reserve System. Administrative legitimacy, I argue, is an evaluative (or subjective) concept consisting of two beliefs: first, administrative institutions have a right to govern; second, they are an appropriate way to handle public tasks.

After discussing scholarship on legitimacy, I examine the Federal Reserve System, asking two questions about it. First, how have its officials attempted to legitimate both their institution and their actions over time? Second, how have elected officials, scholars, and political activists attempted to (de)legitimate the Fed and its officials’ actions?

While answering my research questions, I tell a story about which strategies the institution’s supporters have used to legitimate the Fed and which strategies the institution’s opponents have used to delegitimate it. To do so, I examine two things: the public argument about the Fed’s administrative legitimacy from 1970 to 1995; the Fed’s interactions with its environment, those with direct implications for its legitimacy, during this time.

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