Critical Social Theory in Public Administration / Edition 1

Critical Social Theory in Public Administration / Edition 1

by Richard C Box
     
 

ISBN-10: 076561555X

ISBN-13: 9780765615558

Pub. Date: 09/30/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The essential premise of critical social theory is that contemporary society is neither democratic nor free, but that modern global capitalism creates a citizenry satiated with consumer goods, unaware of alternative ways of living. In the public sector, critical theory suggests that governing systems are influenced, if not controlled, by the wealthy and powerful,

Overview

The essential premise of critical social theory is that contemporary society is neither democratic nor free, but that modern global capitalism creates a citizenry satiated with consumer goods, unaware of alternative ways of living. In the public sector, critical theory suggests that governing systems are influenced, if not controlled, by the wealthy and powerful, leaving public professionals to decide whether to serve those interests or the interests of a broader public. This book provides a framework for the application of critical social theory in public administration. Its goal is to encourage awareness among public administration scholars and practitioners of social conditions that tend to shape and constrain scholarship, practice, teaching, and social change. At a time when concern for public interest and a civil society have largely been displaced by the goals of economic efficiency and the "New Public Management," Critical Social Theory in Public Administration presents a viable alternative that incorporates the latest views of postmodern thinking with the central elements of critical social theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765615558
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Critical Imagination in a Postmodern Environment; 2. Contradiction, Utopia, and Public Administration; 3. The "T"ruth is Elsewhere: Critical History; 4. Critical Theory and the Paradox of Discourse; 5. Pragmatic Discourse and Administrative Legitimacy; 6. Private Lives and Anti-Administration; 7. Critical Practice and the Problem of Finding a Public

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