Criticism and Public Rationality (Routledge Revivals): Proffesional Rigidity and the Search for Caring Government

1st Edition

Harry W. Smart

Published April 16, 2012
Reference - 222 Pages
ISBN 9780415613576 - CAT# Y114130

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Criticism is at the heart of any political discussion, and criticism of old policies is central to the development of new ones. In its analysis of political decision-making, this reissue, first published in 1991, examines the principles which control the process of policy criticism. It identifies two fundamental and related obstacles to this process: the privileged status accorded to 'professional judgement' and the conflicting philosophical ideas that shape political argument. Based on the study of Europe's largest local authority, the book presents a theory of decision-making that can be applied to institutions at all levels.


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