Beyond Technocracy — Civics, Culture and Public Service, by Stephen G. Harding (PA Times)



“in the early 1990’s the image of the faceless governmental bureaucrat, top-down, regulatory minded,  ‘Administrative Man’ was hypothetically replaced. Enter the champion of the New Public Management, the market driven “Economic Man. He is Reinventing Government—“

“An expanded educational approach to civics and cultural literacy may serve to combat this narrow approach to governance.  Our curriculums clearly need to be sensitive to the Isms.”

This short essay is in response to Larry Arrington’s PA Times article posted in January 2018.  His effort, entitled, “The Tragedy of Public Management” is well worth the read.  It prompted me to get in contact with him.  He has just released a compendium of writings. His is a yeoman’s effort with public service and his macro application of “Civitas” as the central themes. From the K-12 system on up, his ten years of research and three years of writing should be central to the conversation of public service, cultural literacy and what it means to be a public administrator.
Chalk one up for the “Practitioner.”

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