Critical Theory, Public Policy, and Planning Practice: Toward a Critical Pragmatism

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Political Science - 214 pages
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Too often attacked as hopelessly abstract, contemporary critical social theory can help us to understand both public policy and its analysis. In this book, John Forester shows how policy analysis, planning, and public administration are thoroughly political communicative practices that subtly and selectively organize public attention. Drawing from Jurgen Habermas s critical communications theory of society, Forester shows how policy developments alter the social infrastructure of society. He provides a clear introduction to critical social theory at the same time that he clarifies the practical and political challenges facing public policy analysts, public managers, and planners working in many fields."
 

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Contents

From Bounded Rationality
67
The Geography of Practice and the Terrain
83
Notes
163
Bibliography
179
Indexes
201
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About the author (1993)

John Forester is Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His current research focuses on first-person voice and ethnographic accounts of practical and political judgment. Among his other books are Planning in the Face of Power and the edited volume Critical Theory and Public Life.

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