Tides and Reform Revisited
In this paper, reforms done with an aim of ensuring that the government works and delivers on the promises are put into perspective. The various actors in such cases are the government represented by the office of the president and the Congress, and the public who expect to get services from the latter.
The Congress was at the centre of many reforms, which were passed through legislation. Many of these were aimed at providing good leadership that would satisfy the citizens. Through its role, it enhanced the enactment of laws, which constituted reforms like those improving on the governance of states. The presidents were however seen to be resistant to reforms. They feared that the reforms would reduce their influence on major areas where they enjoyed great authority. The office of the president therefore was like an impediment towards the introduction and implementation of reforms (Stillman II, 2010). Based on its clamor for good leadership and reforms in major areas of government, the public served to put those in government under pressure to enact laws that would promote good leadership.
The administrative reforms no doubt were of great value towards good leadership and governance. Those who are keen stress on the need to demand accountability and openness in the manner in which public resources are used. Excesses through checks and balances were encouraged to reduce cases of corruption and fraud. War on waste was also aimed at achieving efficiency thus avoiding wastage of public resources. Such reforms are laudable as they are beneficial to the ordinary citizens. however some shortcomings emerge when seeking reforms. The scientific management reform offers a system for a tight chain of command. This may not be the best way to achieve good productivity since it encourages centralization and authoritarianism. Therefore, it is seen as negative since its results may not be productive. However, other reforms provide positive results. For instance, the liberation management offers freedom to public servants from political manipulation.