Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2020

Subject Area

Section 2: The Room Where It Happens: Political Response to a Crisis


This paper identifies causes of the passage of the Pendleton Act of 1883, which ushered in American civil service reform by changing the spoils system to a merit system.

About the Author

Isabel Waller is a senior Public Administration major from Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She is the current treasurer for HUmanity, and she is serving as the Supplemental Instruction leader for American National Government. Upon graduation, she plans to work in Des Moines for a few years and then pursue a master’s degree