Postmodern Public Administration

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M.E. Sharpe, 2007 - 157 pagini
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This widely acclaimed work provides a lively counterbalance to the standard assessment-measurement-accountability prescriptions that have made showing you did your job more important than actually doing it. Now extensively revised, it articulates a postmodern theory of public administration that challenges the field to redirect its attention away from narrow, technique-oriented scientism, and toward democratic openness and ethics. The authors incorporate insights from thinkers like Rorty, Giddens, Derrida, and Foucault to recast public administration as an arena of decentered practices. In their framework, ideographic collisions and everyday impasses bring about political events that challenge the status quo, creating possibilities for social change. "Postmodern Public Administration" is an outstanding intellectual achievement that has rewritten the political theory of public administration. This new edition will encourage everyone who reads it to think quite differently about democratic governance.
 

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The Representative Democratic Accountability
3
Alternatives to Orthodoxy
29
Hyperreality
55
The Social Construction of Government
82
Ideographic Discourse
100
Conclusion
121
References
139
Name Index
149
About the Authors
157
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Despre autor (2007)

Charles J. Fox was director of the Center for Public Service, and professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

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