Refounding Democratic Public Administration: Modern Paradoxes, Postmodern Challenges / Edition 1

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The contributors to this volume contend that the North American political system is undergoing a serious governmental crisis - political leaders know only how to campaign, not how to gain consensus on goals or direct a course that is to the good of the nation. Public administration is therefore forced to compensate for the growing inadequacy of the 'leaders', and with a normative-based body of theorizing, perform its key role of governance within a democratic system of polycentric power.

The book offers a revisualization of the relationship between public servants and the citizens they serve, and a continuing discourse on how public administration can constructively balance forces of change and stability in order for democr

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Continues editor Wamsley's argument begun more than a decade ago in his Refounding Public Administration, asserting that public administration is at the center of the governance process. Examines the relationship between public servants and citizens, and discusses how public administrations can balance forces of stability and change. Of interest to students and professionals in public administration, political science, and management/organizational studies. Paper edition (5977-X), $24.95. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803959774
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/29/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Gary L Wamsley and James F Wolf
Can a High-Modern Project Find Happiness in a Postmodern Era?
On Governance and Reinventing Government - Richard T Green and Lawrence Hubbell
Fencing in the Inherently Governmental Debate - Larkin Dudley
Public-Institutional Processes and Democratic Governance - Joy A Clay
What a Difference a State Makes - John A Rohr
Reflections on Governance in France
Moving beyond Prescriptions - James F Wolf
Making Sense of Public Administration Action Contexts
Administering in the Public Interest - Thomas J Barth
The Facilitative Role for Public Administrators
Postmodernism, Public Administration and the Public Interest - O C McSwite
The Public Administration and the Problem of the Presidency - Larry M Lane
Refusing to Get It Right - Camilla Stivers
Citizenship, Difference and the Refounding Project
Understanding Social Processes - Lisa Weinberg
The Key to Democratic Governance
The Maturation of Public Administration - Linda F Dennard
The Search for a Democratic Identity
Thinking Government - John H Little
Bringing Democratic Awareness to Public Administration
A Public Philosophy and Ontological Disclosure as the Basis for Normatively Grounded Theorizing in Public Administration - Gary L Wamsley
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