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The Enterprise of Public

Administration
The Business of Public Administration

By Alan Estacio

Can a 30-year-old book be relevant? • Several of Waldo's comments are accurate about today's issues • debt crisis. abundance and consensus. • The modern U. • a new paradigm of scarcity.Dwight Waldo wrote "The Enterprise of Public Administration" in 1979 looking back on a long academic career. but also as a reflection about the future for public administration. is established on a foundation of economic growth. .S. e-government and trust in government. decay and conflict is increasing pressure on public administration.

but realistically impossible.Foresight and Principles • The first principle suggests that there is conflict between bureaucracy and democracy that obliges public servants to protect democratic values • This makes it impossible to run government fully as a business as businesses do not have to consider these values. • The traditional separation between principal and agent was for Waldo theoretically interesting. there is no dichotomy between politics and bureaucracy. . • Second.

• Government efficiency can be excessive and harmful to the interests of the people.Principles • Third. • The Constitution is a vital steering document for government. • Last. it must be managed differently. if efficiency is the only consideration. According to Waldo. then bureaucracy fails to serve the people. but it has limited implications in the daily life of a business. Waldo considered government to be more complex than business. therefore. One example of government's complexity is that far more stakeholders affect public administration in comparison to a business operation. Waldo noted that ruthless pursuit of efficiency must be offset with consideration of public access. .

the ability to implement policy with the acceptance of the people. . • Institutional knowledge.Foresight Waldo's predictions about the future for public administration describe five areas that would be problematic: • Legitimacy. the capability and focus to deliver the "good society.“ • Authority.

the ability to control what we want to control in the bureaucracy. the trust people have that government delivers the "good society" in the future. and its media attention. generates entropy and undermines control.Foresight • Control. The debt crisis. is an example of a situation that decreases confidence . seeking to solve issues for a diverse population. with a multitude of programs often running parallel. The growing size of government. • Confidence.

Orthodox public administration ideology Between 1900-1930 1) Democracy and efficiency (or bureaucracy) were thought to be synonymous or at least reconcilable.fully to governmental administration. decision and execution. and the relationship of public administration to political science. 2) The work of government was thought to be divisible into two parts. . a primary influence in public administration education from the 1940s through the 1970s. 3) Execution or administration is. a science based on firm scientific principles for administration which can be discovered and applied. or can be made. his views on appropriate elements of the public administration curriculum. the use of the case method. continues to profoundly affect educators and researchers. 4) The values and practices of business management can be generally applied success. his appreciation for art and the administrative novel in teaching. He has created such an impact on pedagogy. or the politics-administration dichotomy. Dwight Waldo.