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Democratizing Public Management

Towards Practice-Based Theory

Authors: Struminska-Kutra, Marta

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  • Explores how learning processes can make public management both effective and democratic in a pragmatic way
  • Enriches the discussion on public management and governance on both a practical and theoretical level
  • Offers an interpretive perspective on how social practices in public management resolve institutional conflicts
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About this book

This book argues that contemporary society in general, and public administration specifically, can benefit from more reflexive learning processes through democracy and public involvement. It identifies the most central social practices, dilemmas, and challenges for public management as well as the mechanisms needed to enact institutional change. Offering a model of reflexivity and learning in the face of public dispute, it explores phenomena such as problem solving, democratization, public learning, and uncertainty to address certain tensions in governance theory and practice.
Through a range of well-sourced case studies, this book demonstrates how institutions can manage difficult situations by not only resolving the conflict but addressing the underlying problem. It uses both theoretical and practical approaches to observe the micro foundations of political behavior and its institutional underpinnings, and will be a valuable resource for public administration researchers, practitioners, and graduate students seeking empirical studies of learning processes in the public sphere. 

About the authors

Marta Strumińska-Kutra is a sociologist at VID Specialized University, Norway and Kozminski University, Poland. Her areas of expertise include governance, public disputes, corporate social responsibility, public administration, sustainable innovation, and the methodology of critical and participatory research.


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“A wide-ranging and deeply thoughtful book that advances a practice-oriented model of governance and a pragmatist-oriented action research methodology to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  Through an insightful analysis of four public disputes, the book illuminates both the possibilities and the challenges of democratizing governance.” (Christopher Ansell, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

“This important book focusses on the role of learning in governance research and practice and analyses its implications for metagovernance and management. It develops a practice oriented research framework and applies it in a number of interesting case studies of conflictual governance processes.” (Eva Sørensen, Roskilde University, Denmark)

“This practice-based analysis explores contingencies of collaborative learning in the face bureaucratic resistance, surprise and fear, complexity and public disputes.  Cogently and clearly argued, and reframing double loop learning as more deliberatively interactive and institutionally entrepreneurial practices of governance, this book promises to advance public administration theory and practice.” (John Forester, Cornell University, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Practice-Oriented Reflection on Governance

    Pages 1-14

    Strumińska-Kutra, Marta

  • Metagovernance, Governance, and Learning

    Pages 15-32

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  • Governance Learning from an Institutional Perspective

    Pages 33-47

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  • How Framing Transforms Governance: Public Dispute over the Closure of Three Small Schools in a Rural Community

    Pages 49-65

    Strumińska-Kutra, Marta

  • Public Administration Leaders as Institutional Entrepreneurs: Dispute over the Location of a Marketplace

    Pages 67-87

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eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74591-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74590-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09030-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratizing Public Management
Book Subtitle
Towards Practice-Based Theory
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74591-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74591-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74590-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09030-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 234
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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