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

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“Unique in its approach, not only because it offers a coherent postmodernist argument for public policy, but also because it is an innovative synthesis of seemingly disparate theories of ‘memetics’ and postmodernism. Miller offers a fresh perspective of the public policy process.” — Göktugá Morçöl, coeditor of New Sciences for Public Administration and Policy: Connections and Reflections

“A different, even subversive, way of thinking about public policy. Full of insights, unexpected ramifications, and new connections about well-known material. An important and substantial work.” — R. McGreggor Cawley, coeditor of A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791454909
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Suny Series in Public Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh T. Miller is Professor and Director of the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including These Things Happen: Stories from the Public Sector (coedited with Mohamad G. Alkadry); Postmodernism, “Reality,” and Public Administration: A Discourse (coedited with Charles J. Fox); and Postmodern Public Administration: Toward Discourse (coauthored with Charles J. Fox).

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Table of Contents


Brief of the Argument

Plan of the Book


1. The System and its Nemesis


2. The Mutation of Meaning

Some Examples of the Disconnect
The Instability of Language

3. Idea Contagion

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



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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Postmodern Public Policy (Suny Series in Public Policy)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Postmodern Public Policy (Suny Series in Public Policy)

    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.

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