Evolutionary Critical Theory and Its Role in Public Affairs

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M.E. Sharpe, 2004 - Political Science - 216 pages
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The subject of this book is one of the most central and timely in Public Administration - how to make sense of critical theory, and (especially) how to assess its implications for everyday practice. Charles Frederick Abel and Arthur Sementelli argue that Evolutionary Critical Theory - a synergistic employment of the methodologies of traditional social science, institutionalism, and hermeneutics - provides fresh insights into the core issues of Public Administration theory and practice. While some may argue that "public administration theory" is an oxymoron, this ground-breaking volume explodes that notion and argues that Evolutionary Critical Theory is an especially helpful and powerful tool for administrative scholars and practitioners in their quest to realize good government.

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Charles Frederick Abel is an assistant professor of political science and public administration and director of the Center for Applied Social Research at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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