Woodrow Wilson

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This paper explores the advantages and disadvantages of Woodrow Wilson’s public administration opposition, which is the separation of politics and administration. It also explores the possibility if this dichotomy is even practical or useable in today’s world. It is a subject that has been debated among politicians and scholars for over a century. There are too many facets of government in an industrial nation to be able to have this opposition be used realistically. One possible place a public administration dichotomy could work in today’s world is in an evolving third world nation. It is my opinion that in a perfect world this would be a great idea, but unfortunately, it is not a realistic in a modern society.

Wilson believed that it was needed to discover what the government could successfully do and how it could be done more efficiently; that the government needed to be reformed. He developed this theory because of increased corruption, urbanization and immigration. Due to these issues, he believed that less qualified people were getting public service jobs, therefore contributing to the increasing inefficiency of public administration. Wilson felt that politics should determine what the government should actually do and be decided by elected representatives. He believed administration should be the ones to put these policies into effect by appointed civil servants

Woodrow Wilson, as the 28th President of the United States, enacted some of the most sweeping economic overhauls the American government has ever seen. The "Professor President", by compromising and cutting deals, was able to bring to life his vision of reform in the business world. The Underwood-Simmons bill, the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Clayton Anti-Trust Act were all brought about by Wilson as tools to further his goal of taking away power from the large corporations and banks and giving it to the small businesses and entrepreneurs....