Public Administration and the State: A Postmodern Perspective

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American Public Administration and the character of the state is a topic that has received little critical examination, due in part to the general American wariness toward abstractions such as the idea of the state. In this book, Michael Spicer takes issue with the view stressing the dichotomy of politics and administration, which holds that it is possible to separate the activities of politics from the activities of governance.
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Overview

American Public Administration and the character of the state is a topic that has received little critical examination, due in part to the general American wariness toward abstractions such as the idea of the state. In this book, Michael Spicer takes issue with the view stressing the dichotomy of politics and administration, which holds that it is possible to separate the activities of politics from the activities of governance.
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"This is an important book that will add to the advancement of the understanding of the central issues of public administration. The book is a brilliant achievement, written by a brilliant P.A. thinker."
—David Farmer, author of Language of Public Administration: Bureaucracy, Modernity, and Postmodernity
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817352394
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Spicer is Professor of Public Administration and Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the author of The Founders, The Constitution, and Public Administration: A Conflict of World Views.

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Table of Contents

1 The neglect of the state 1
2 The vision of a purposive state 13
3 The Prussian experience and the purposive state 33
4 American public administration and the purposive state 51
5 The practical limits of teleocracy 70
6 Postmodernity and the state 89
7 Public administration in a civil association 109
8 Implications for public administration enquiry 125
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