Postmodern Public Administration: Toward Discourse

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SAGE Publications, Nov 1, 1994 - Political Science - 192 pages
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Charles J Fox and Hugh T Miller challenge current thinking about public policy and administration in the light of the postmodern condition. In this book existing and accepted theories such as public management doctrines, constitutionalism and communitarianism are rejected in favour of constructing a discourse theory of public administration. The book also provides an invaluable, thorough and clear review of the doctrines and philosophies that have to date dominated the field.

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Contents

A New Approach to Democratic Governance
3
Orthodoxy and Its Alternatives
14
Postmodern Symbolic Politics
42
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About the author (1994)

Fox is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Public Service at Texas Tech University. He presides over a NASPAA-accredited program for Master of Public Administration that emphasizes municipal government and city management. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in intellectual history. His Ph.D. in government is from the Claremont Graduate School.

Miller is Associate Professor and teaches "Political and Social Theories of Public Administration" in the M.P.A. Program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He serves as coordinator of that program. He earned his Ph.D. from the American University in Washington, D.C., where his fields included organization development, quantitative methods of policy analysis, and governmental management. He earned an M.P.A. degree, also from American University, and a B.A. from Michigan State University in a multidisciplinary social science program.

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