Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Politics vs Administration, Reactionary

Public administration is the task of efficiently implementing the public’s demands. Woodrow Wilson wrote in 1887 that administrators should be concerned singularly with the policies’ execution and not their development. It is a confusing idea as administrators are an insightful part of the public themselves. And it is reacting to the public’s expressed needs that have always influenced administration the most.
Our current governmental process functions only in reaction to strong needs rather than avoiding the creation of need. This is a problem as balancing the rapid evolution of society and the deterioration of our environment requires greater anticipation. I think the primary way to shift away from a reactionary model is through education. If the public can be given greater foresight, then need will be expressed through public policy before it is too late.

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