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 3: Public-Institutional Processes and Democratic Governance
Public-Institutional Processes and Democratic Governance
Administration may be thought of as the major invention and device by which civilized men in complex societies try to control their culture, by which they seek simultaneously to achieve—within the limitations of their wit and knowledge—the goals of stability and the goals of change.
The contributors to the Blacksburg Manifesto (1983) and later to the Refounding (Wamsley et al., 1990), have attempted to initiate through their writings a dialogue that they hope will result in the further development of a normative theory of public administration. A careful reading of the Manifesto and Refounding is required because the authors use multiple abstract levels of analysis, ranging from ...