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Critical theory, public policy, and planning practice toward a critical pragmatism John Forester

By: Forestrer, John [autor].
Series: SUNY series in political theory. Contemporary issues.Publisher: United States of america Sate University of New York Press 1993Description: xi, 214 pages 23 cm.Content type: Media type: Carrier type: ISBN: 0791414469.Subject(s): Administración pública | Ciencias políticas | Políticas públicasDDC classification: 320.6
Contents:
Toward a critical pragmatism: the contemporary relevance, promises, and problems of critical theory. - - Understanding planning practice: an empirical , practical, and normative account. - - The micropolitics of planning and policy practices: questioning and organizing attention. - - Practical rationality: from bounded rationality to the critique of ideology in practice. - - The geography of practice and the terrain of resistance. - - Challenges of organization and mobilization: examples from community-labor coalitions. - - Toward a critical sociology of public policy: probing policy-shaped contra-dictions in the communicative infrastructure of society.
Summary: Too often attacked as hopelessly abstract, contemporary critical social theory can help us to understand both public policy and its analysis. In this book, John Forester shows how policy analysis, planning, and public administration are thoroughly political communicative practices that subtly and selectively organize public attention. Drawing from jürgen habermas's critical communications theory of society, Forester shows how policy developments alter the social infrastructure of society. He provides a clear introduction to critical social theory at the same time that he clarifies the practical and political challenges facing public policy analysts, public managers, and planners working in many fields.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Too often attacked as hopelessly abstract, contemporary critical social theory can help us to understand both public policy and its analysis. In this book, John Forester shows how policy analysis, planning, and public administration are thoroughly political communicative practices that subtly and selectively organize public attention. Drawing from J rgen Habermas's critical communications theory of society, Forester shows how policy developments alter the social infrastructure of society. He provides a clear introduction to critical social theory at the same time that he clarifies the practical and political challenges facing public policy analysts, public managers, and planners working in many fields.

Includes index

Toward a critical pragmatism: the contemporary relevance, promises, and problems of critical theory. - - Understanding planning practice: an empirical , practical, and normative account. - - The micropolitics of planning and policy practices: questioning and organizing attention. - - Practical rationality: from bounded rationality to the critique of ideology in practice. - - The geography of practice and the terrain of resistance. - - Challenges of organization and mobilization: examples from community-labor coalitions. - - Toward a critical sociology of public policy: probing policy-shaped contra-dictions in the communicative infrastructure of society.

Too often attacked as hopelessly abstract, contemporary critical social theory can help us to understand both public policy and its analysis. In this book, John Forester shows how policy analysis, planning, and public administration are thoroughly political communicative practices that subtly and selectively organize public attention. Drawing from jürgen habermas's critical communications theory of society, Forester shows how policy developments alter the social infrastructure of society. He provides a clear introduction to critical social theory at the same time that he clarifies the practical and political challenges facing public policy analysts, public managers, and planners working in many fields.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • 1 Toward A Critical Pragmatism: The Contemporary Relevance, Promises, and Problems of Critical Theory
  • 2 Understanding Planning Practice: An Empirical, Practical, and Normative Account
  • 3 The Micropolitics of Planning and Policy Practices: Questioning and Organizing Attention
  • 4 Practical Rationality: From Bounded Rationality to the Critique of Ideology in Practice
  • 5 The Geography of Practice and the Terrain of Resistance
  • 6 Challenges of Organization and Mobilization: Examples from Community-Labor Coalitions
  • 7 Toward a Critical Sociology of Public Policy: Probing Policy-shaped Contra-Dictions in the Communicative Infrastructure of Society
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Indexes

Author notes provided by Syndetics

John Forester is Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His current research focuses on first-person voice and ethnographic accounts of practical and political judgment. Among his other books are Planning in the Face of Power and the edited volume Critical Theory and Public Life.

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