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What is the Public Value of Government Action? Towards a (New) Pragmatic Approach to Values Questions in Public Endeavours

West, K and Davis, Paul (2011) What is the Public Value of Government Action? Towards a (New) Pragmatic Approach to Values Questions in Public Endeavours. Public Administration, 89 (2). pp. 226-241. ISSN 1467-9299

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Abstract

There has been a resurgence of interest in values in recent public administration research, based on two distinct arguments. For different reasons, neither approach is likely to secure a robust normative basis for public endeavours. These reasons are assessed, using an alternative body of theory rooted in contemporary social theory that we term, ‘new pragmatism’. New pragmatic ideas are deployed to critique the divorce of values from facts; the abstraction of values from concrete situations; the anthropocentric foundation to social choice; the poorly developed understanding of the process of governance, with its inherent pluralism; and the seeming reluctance to articulate principles of political discourse.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: public values, value-fact couplet, primacy of situations, material objects, justification processes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Paul Davis
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 15:54
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 15:54
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1869

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