Critical Social Theory in Public Administration

Critical Social Theory in Public Administration

by Richard C Box
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765615541

ISBN-13: 9780765615541

Pub. Date: 09/30/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Box (public administration, U. of Nebraska at Omaha) applies the critical theory of the Frankfurt school (as developed by Jürgen Habermas and Herbert Marcuse) to the practice and theory of modern public administration. After presenting the case for the application of critical theory, he summarizes Marcuse's work related to democracy, the warfare state, the "research

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Box (public administration, U. of Nebraska at Omaha) applies the critical theory of the Frankfurt school (as developed by Jürgen Habermas and Herbert Marcuse) to the practice and theory of modern public administration. After presenting the case for the application of critical theory, he summarizes Marcuse's work related to democracy, the warfare state, the "research of total administration," and gender. How critical theory influences questions of discourse processes with citizens, the impacts of administration on the public, and the problem of finding a public able to govern themselves is then taken up. The remaining chapters address wider questions of how those in public administration should conceptualize their larger project. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765615541
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
A Particular Form of Critical Social Theory5
Themes and Chapters8
The Critical Social Theory Framework11
1Critical Imagination in a Postmodern Environment14
Critical Social Theory15
Contradiction, Dialectic, and Change16
Critical Reason and Imagination17
Emancipation and Self-determination19
Critical Theory in Public Administration21
The Need for Critical Theory Today24
Pragmatism and Phantasy26
Conclusion: A Critical Revival?30
2Contradiction, Utopia, and Public Administration32
Contradiction and Containment35
Democracy38
The Warfare State41
Research43
Gender45
Refusal and Utopia47
3The "T"ruth Is Elsewhere: Critical History49
Deconstructing History51
Redefining/Rediscovering History54
Recoverable Elements56
Emancipation57
Social Hope59
Critical Public Administration Scholarship62
"Clio at the Crossroads": Writing Critical History64
4Critical Theory and the Paradox of Discourse69
Values Underlying the Models71
The Legitimacy Model71
The Critical Theory Model73
The Relationship Between the Powerful and the Governed75
The Literature of Community Power75
The Growth Machine76
"Four Cities"78
Diversity in Community Orientation79
Discourse Effectiveness81
Discourse Legitimacy81
Involvement in Discourse82
Outcomes of Administrator-Citizen Interaction83
Conditions Conducive to Discourse85
Conclusion: The Practical Application of Critical Theory87
5Pragmatic Discourse and Administrative Legitimacy89
The Limits of Theory95
The Usefulness of Pragmatism97
Collaboration and Critical Thought101
Conclusion: Administrative Legitimacy105
6Private Lives and Antiadministration109
Daily Human Interests111
Geography112
Neighborhoods113
Political Economy114
Materiality116
Citizenship and Private Lives118
Imagination121
7Critical Practice and the Problem of Finding a Public126
The Elusive Public127
Critical Theory and the Community Context134
The Purpose of Critical Practice140
References147
Index157
About the Author165

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