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 7: Postmodernism, Public Administration, and the Public Interest
Postmodernism, Public Administration, and the Public Interest
Declaring a condition of crisis has become one of the more venerable intellectual traditions, if not clichés, of both theoretical and practical writing in the field of public administration in the United Statés. As is the case with all clichés, which gain their popularity usually because they offer genuine insight, this tendency in public administration is more than simply a matter of rhetorical style. The overriding crisis in the field of public administration is hardly new; it has persisted since the founding of the field and, given its lack of resolution, has become increasingly significant to the question of public administration's continuing success ...