The Ombudsman Concept and its Role in the United States
Videnieks, Heinrich Leo (Henry L.)
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A new word has been incorporated into the international vocabulary in recent years. This is the "Ombudsman", a strange sounding name but becoming increasingly familiar to even Americans. Having touched on the concept in my studies, I was drawn to further investigation of the idea by the many possibilities it seemed to offer for the United States. My interest in the institution of a "Public Grievance Man" increased with continued research. I was surprised that there was extensive material available on the concept and that interest in the institution was already so widespread in this country. I also noticed that misinterpretations and doubts about the institution and its role in this country existed. I therefore undertook this study to better understand the foreign concept and, in so doing, to, perhaps, make it more understandable to others. My study includes the development of the idea in other countries, an analysis of the need for an Ombudsman system in the United States, a comprehensive look at new proposals in this country, and an appraisal of the first working model of the institution in the United States. My knowledge and interest in public administration and administrative law has been significantly broadened and stimulated by this experience. I feel that I am better prepared to pursue a career in law.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.