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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

The Maturation of Public Administration: The Search for a Democratic Identity
The maturation of public administration: The search for a democratic identity
Linda F.DennardCalifornia State University at Hayward

Politics… the systematic organization of hatreds.

HenryAdams, The Education of Henry Adams

The common good is addressed by largely unhistoric acts.

GeorgeElliott, Middlemarch
The Dawn of a New Age

The prescriptions for normative public administration made by the Blacksburg School have developed in a historical period when the core assumptions governing the management identity of the field have been brought into serious question (Cleveland, 1988). It is no longer enough simply to propose yet another managerial reform. It is instead a time in which the very identity of public administration must be transformed. Indeed, the evolving postmodern culture is creating the context in which ...

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