To Kill the King: Post-traditional Governance and Bureaucracy

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 2005 - Political Science - 215 pages
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This original work captures the heart, and enlarges the soul, of reform movements within the study of governance and bureaucracy. Author David John Farmer provides constitutive features of a new consciousness for democratic governance that will revolutionize the subject of public administration.

To Kill the King sketches post-traditional consciousness in terms of three rejuvenating concepts--thinking as play, justice as seeking, and practice as art. In a series of critical essays on each of these concepts, the book describes an approach to governance that can yield enormous improvement in the quality of life for each individual. To Kill the King will appeal to any professor (whether in the post-modernist camp or not) who wants to expose students to fresh challenges and new insights.

  

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Contents

Thinking as Play What Is PostTraditional Thinking?
1
Playing
3
Like a Gadfly?
21
Self and Detritus
32
Writing with a Deviant Signature
45
Listen to Symbols
57
Skepticism Certainly
62
Justice as Seeking What Is PostTraditional Justice?
73
Silver Ruling
120
Practice as Art What Is PostTraditional Practice?
127
What I a Bureaucrat Expect
129
Cult of the Leader
141
Unexamined Rhetoric
154
A Nun and Barbed Wire
168
Love and Mere Efficiency
177
To Kill the King and Good and No Places
183

O Cursed Legacy
75
More in Heaven and Earth?
83
Self with Style
93
Other and Hesitation
103
Golden Ruling
113
References
195
Index
205
About the Author
217
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David John Farmer is professor of government and public affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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