Democracy and Administration: Woodrow Wilson's Ideas and the Challenges of Public Management

Democracy and Administration: Woodrow Wilson's Ideas and the Challenges of Public Management

by Brian J. Cook

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Democracy and Administration: Woodrow Wilson's Ideas and the Challenges of Public Management by Brian J. Cook

Though his term in the White House ended nearly a century ago, Woodrow Wilson anticipated the need for new ideas to address the effects of modern economic and social forces on the United States, including increased involvement in international affairs. Democracy and Administration synthesizes the former world leader's thought on government administration, laying out Wilson's concepts of how best to manage government bureaucracies and balance policy leadership with popular rule. Linking the full gamut of Wilson’s ideas and actions covering nearly four decades, Brian J. Cook finds success, folly, and fresh thinking with relevance in the twenty-first century.

Building on his interpretive synthesis, Cook links Wilson’s tenets to current efforts to improve public management, showing how some of his most prominent ideas and initiatives presaged major developments in theory and practice. Democracy and Administration calls on scholars and practitioners to take Wilson’s institutional design and regime-level orientation into account as part of the ambitious enterprise to develop a new science of democratic governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801885228
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance and Public Management
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: Up to 18 Years

About the Author

Brian J. Cook is a professor of government and director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Clark University. He is the author of Bureaucratic Politics and Regulatory Reform: The EPA and Emission Trading and Bureaucracy and Self-Government: Reconsidering the Role of Public Administration in American Politics, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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