On Thinking Institutionally

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OUP USA, 2011 - Political Science - 246 pages
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The twenty-first-century mind deeply distrusts the authority of institutions. It has taken several centuries for advocates of critical thinking to convince western culture that to be rational, liberated, authentic, and modern means to be anti-institutional. In this mold-breaking book, Hugh Heclo moves beyond the abstract academic realm of thinking about institutions to the more personal significance and larger social meaning of what it is to think institutionally. His account ranges from Michael Jordan's respect for the game of basketball to Greek philosophy, from twenty-first-century corporate and political scandals to Christian theology and the concept of office and professionalism. Think what you will about one institution or another, but after Heclo, no reader will be left in doubt about why it matters to think institutionally.
 

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This is a classic understanding of institutions. To understand why institutions are in trouble, it is helpful to know what a healthy institution is like. This is value of Heclo's book. This not a ... Read full review

Contents

Respect for the Game
1
2 Our Modern Impasse
11
3 From Thinking about Institutions to Thinking Institutionally
45
4 Being Institutionally Minded
81
5 Applications Dangers and the Uphill Journey
129
6 Ways of Thinking Ways of Being
185
Notes
197
Selected Works of Hugh Heclo
215
Index
217
About the Author
221
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Hugh Heclo is Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University, a former Professor of Government at Harvard University, and prior to that a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and White House staffer in Washington, D.C. His latest book, Christianity and Democracy in America, will be published by Harvard University Press in the spring of 2007.

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