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Philosophy and Public Administration : An Introduction (Hardcover) (Edoardo Ongaro)

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This book provides a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the philosophical foundations of the study and practice of public administration. Philosophy and Public Administration provides the reader with an agile introduction to the main philosophical streams from classical metaphysics to phenomenology, empiricism to rationalism and pragmatism to personalism, ultimately revealing their significance for public governance and management.Ontological and epistemological issues are brought to the fore in discussing contemporary conceptions of the nature of public administration. The book explores connections between basic ontological stances and public governance, shedding light on the nature of public administration by revisiting fundamental philosophical issues. The quest for justification and legitimacy of public governance is examined, and 'Common Good', 'Social contract' and 'Personalism' arguments vetted. The works of major thinkers like Thomas More and Niccolò Machiavelli are revisited, drawing implications for contemporary public administration.This is the only book to provide a comprehensive examination of how philosophical thought matters for understanding public administration. It is a must-read for scholars and practitioners alike reflecting on or practising the management of public services.
Number of Pages: 275
Genre: Political Science, Philosophy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub
Author: Edoardo Ongaro
Language: English
Street Date: August 25, 2017
TCIN: 53003487
UPC: 9781784718435
Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-7896
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