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The Predicaments of Publicness

An Inquiry into the Conceptual Ambiguity of Public Administration

As governmental goods and resources continue to undergo privatization, many wonder just what is “public” about public administration. The Predicaments of Publicness traces the development of this dilemma in modern political and social thought and then applies those theoretical findings to some of the most relevant practical issues in current public administration. Some organizations, Pesch asserts, remain outside of the public/private schism, and The Predicaments of Publicness will provide readers—both citizens and civil servants—with essential guideposts for negotiating these new arenas.

216 pages | 6 1/3 x 9 1/2 | © 2006

Political Science: Public Policy

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Problem of Public Administration
1.  Understanding the Publicness of Public Administration
1.1  Research Questions
1.2  The Methodological Framework
1.3  Concepts and Meanings
1.4  Finding the Right Scope of Publicness
1.5  The Road Map for this Book
Part II:  The Liberal Model of Publicness
2.  The Antecedents of the Liberal Model of Publicness
2.1  The Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen
2.2  The Antique Roots of Public and Private
2.3  Public and Private in the Modern City
3.  The Elements of the Liberal Model of Publicness
3.1  The Public/Private Distinction in Political Liberalism
3.2  The Organic Mode of the Publicness and Privateness
3.3  Economic Liberalism:  Market versus State
3.4  The Liberal State
Part III:  Public Administration and its Study
4.  From the Liberal Model of Publicness to Public Administration
4.1  Stages of Increasing Confusion
4.2  Public Administration in the United States
5.  Arguments for the Expansion of the State
5.1  New Liberalism and the Public Interest
5.2  The Theory of Market Failures
5.3  The Standard Approach to Public Organization
6.  The Rise and Study of Public Administration
6.1  The Managerial Revolution and the Emergence of the Study of Public Administration
6.2  The Challenge of Rationality:  Simon
6.3  Organizations as Agencies and Enterprises:  Dahl and Lindblom
6.4  A New Appraisal of Publicness:  The Minnowbrook Perspective
7.  The Many Faces of Publicness in Public Administration
7.1  The Dimensional Approach of Wamsley and Zald
7.2  Managerial Perspectives
7.3  The Blacksburg Manifesto
7.4  The Introduction of Privatism in the Public Domain
7.5  The Publicness of Public Organizations
Part IV:  Individual Responsibility in the Age of Organizations
8.  Three Types of Accountability Forums
8.1  Three Problems
8.2  Structures of Accountability
9.  Organizations versus Market and State
9.1  The Moral Threat of Blurring the Public/Private Distinction
9.2  Two More Dimensions of Publicness
9.3  The Problem of the Many Hands
10.  The Civil Servant as Citizen
10.1  The Legislative Role of the Administrator
10.2  The Problem of the Dirty Hands
10.3  Integrity and Whistleblowing
10.4  Moral Experience
Part V:  The Predicaments of Publicness
11.  Concluding Remarks
11.1  The Publicness of Public Administration
11.2  The Predicaments of the Study of Public Administration
Appendix:  The Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen

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