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Postmodern Public Policy introduces new ways of investigating the urgent difficulties confronting the public sector. The second half of the twentieth century saw approaches to public administration, public policy, and public management dominated by technical-instrumental thought that aspired to neutrality, objectivity, and managerialism. This form of social science has contributed to a public sector where policy debates have been reduced to “bumper-sticker” slogans, a citizenry largely alienated and distant from government, and analysis that ignores history and context and eschews the lived experiences of actual people. Hugh T. Miller brings together the latest thinking from epistemology, evolutionary theory, and discourse theory in an accessible and useful manner to emphasize how a postmodern approach offers the possibility of well-considered, pragmatic solutions grounded in political pluralism and social interaction between public service professionals and community members.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 51-63
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 87-103
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  1. References
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 113-116
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791488034
Related ISBN
9780791454893
MARC Record
OCLC
53917557
Pages
132
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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