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
Chapter 1: Introduction: Can a High-Modern Project Find Happiness in a Postmodern Era?
Introduction: Can a High-Modern Project Find Happiness in a Postmodern Era?
In 1982 several contributors to this volume participated in writing a tract that came to be known as the Blacksburg Manifesto (Chandler, 1987). It was a normative declaration of what we thought was wrong with the American political system and what must be done in order that public administrators and the institutions with which they are associated might be perceived as legitimate actors in a process of governance. It would not be an exaggeration to say that we had come to have serious doubts about America's ability to govern itself unless it developed a new way of ...