Postmodern Public Policy / Edition 1

Postmodern Public Policy / Edition 1

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by Hugh T. Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791454908

ISBN-13: 9780791454909

Pub. Date: 08/29/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Confronts the challenge presented to traditional public policy by postmodern thought.

Postmodern Public Policy introduces new ways of investigating the urgent difficulties confronting the public sector. The second half of the twentieth century saw approaches to public administration, public policy, and public management dominated by technical-instrumental

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Confronts the challenge presented to traditional public policy by postmodern thought.

Postmodern Public Policy introduces new ways of investigating the urgent difficulties confronting the public sector. The second half of the twentieth century saw approaches to public administration, public policy, and public management dominated by technical-instrumental thought that aspired to neutrality, objectivity, and managerialism. This form of social science has contributed to a public sector where policy debates have been reduced to “bumper-sticker” slogans, a citizenry largely alienated and distant from government, and analysis that ignores history and context and eschews the lived experiences of actual people. Hugh T. Miller brings together the latest thinking from epistemology, evolutionary theory, and discourse theory in an accessible and useful manner to emphasize how a postmodern approach offers the possibility of well-considered, pragmatic solutions grounded in political pluralism and social interaction between public service professionals and community members.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454909
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/29/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
1,096,410
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Brief of the Argument

Plan of the Book

Acknowledgments

1. The System and its Nemesis

Encroachments
Hyperrationality

2. The Mutation of Meaning

Some Examples of the Disconnect
The Instability of Language

3. Idea Contagion

Memetics
Memetics and Postmodernism
The Prospects for Rational Sorting

4. Contextualism

Situation and Intentionality
Practical Discourse
A Perspective on Change

5. Policy Inquiry

Epistemology as Abstract Univeralism
Facts Are Word-Shaped Things
Self-Referential Systems
Perspectival Small t Truth

6. Democratic Discourse

The End of Universals?
Monologic Discourse: An Oxymoron
Vibrant Pluralism
An Ethos of Discourse

References

Index

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Postmodern Public Policy (Suny Series in Public Policy) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Postmodern Public Administration, you will like this book even better. It is better written and the basic argument is that making public policy in a postmodern world of symbolic politics is tough. The analyst must use a type of pragmatic rationality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I see this book as a follow up to Fox and Miller's Postmodern Public Administration. This book is more readabl. The basic point is that the policy analyst exists in a policy environment that is postmodern. Communications are symbolic and often unreal. The analyst needs to know how to deal with this new environment. The answer is found in a pragmatic rationality offered by the book. While it does not provide all the answers, the book raises important questions about how we make policy and how the analyst may help to change how policy is made.