On the ground floor of government, citizens interact with teachers, medical staff, police officers and other professionals in public service. It is during these encounters that laws, public policies and professional guidelines gain further substance and form. In this insightful book, Peter Hupe brings together expert contributions from scholars across the globe to study the social mechanisms behind these public encounters.
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Truth and power have a difficult relationship. Decision makers are often required to
make judgements that depend upon specialized knowledge and thus reluctantly
surrender power. They are apt to reject advice inconsistent with their perceived
interests, experiences and cognitive capacities. Speaking Truth to Power aims to
guide the reader through the tangled relationship between truth and power,
manifesting as the interplay between experts and decision-makers in society.
At last – a textbook on the public sector for students of social policy, public
policy, political science and sociology. This book explains why we have a public
sector and what tasks it is expected to perform.
Through the lens of an economist’s notion of public goods, David J. O’Brien analyzes the dual problems of declining communities and polarizing conflicts between metropolitan and rural communities. The author describes in detail how seemingly intractable community-level problems and inter-community conflicts have been substantially reduced by framing them in terms of the self-interest of a larger polity. O’Brien’s extensive community-level research experience in urban and rural communities that covers multiple historical periods, will appeal to inter-disciplinary social scientists, development specialists and persons looking for a hopeful, practical approach to solving the challenges of globalization.
This ground-breaking book investigates the work of policy professionals. They consist of political actors who, although not elected to office, are nonetheless employed to affect policy and politics on a partisan basis. Through an analysis of the influence and power they wield, this book sheds light on how the growth of this group represents a major transformation of the organization of politics and policy-making in advanced democracies.