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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter examines Theodore J. Lowi’s The End of Liberalism,which issued dire warnings about the growing scope of government power and assumed responsibility in the United States as well as the dominance of interest groups over public policy-making. Lowi tackles the delegation of policy-making authority to the executive branch, the abdication of Congressional responsibility, and the erosion of representative government responsive to the popular will. The chapter assesses the book’s impact on political science and public policy scholarship, by considering how it brought together public policy and interest group politics. It then turns to Lowi’s views about interest group pluralism and how liberal politicians harnessed pluralist theory to replace elected representation with interest groups as proxies for citizen participation. Finally, the chapter analyzes the influence of Lowi’s book on public administration and the rule of law.

Keywords: Theodore J. Lowi, The End of Liberalism, political science, liberalism, interest groups, representative government, public policy, pluralism, public administration, rule of law

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