The essay question being asked is whether Wilson’s idea was useful, and why others rejected the idea as impossible? First I will begin by explaining Wilson’s thought process, and then I’ll address the question as intended.
Before entering into the science of administration Wilson felt it was needed that first there should be some account of the history of what others have done in the field, secondly there should be an ascertainment of its subject-matter, and thirdly there should be determined the best methods to develop it and the most clarifying political conceptions to carry into it. Without knowing these first, he feels that there should be no compass or chart to go by.
The question was always: Who shall make the law, and what shall the law be? The other question, how law should be administered with enlightenment, with equity, with speed, and without friction, was put aside as practical detail to be determined by clerks after the “doctors” determined the detail. These are Wilson’s rational for his perceptions about politics and administration.
The reason administration has come into context only now is because now there appears to be trouble in it, the big constitutional questions on the right of government have been answered for now.
The corruption today in Public Administration needs to be address and fix to the appropriation of the law.
This science originated overseas in foreign lands such as France and Germany but from it must be adapted to not a simple and compact state but a complex and multiform state to fit highly decentralized forms of government, it must of course learn to be “Americanized”
“England and America has been making government just and moderate rather than well-ordered and effective. We need to be free in spirit and proficient in practice according to Wilson.”
Though Wilson says that Administration is for the most part separate from Politics, he also says the administrator to the politician relationship is not exactly a Will to Deed...