The public interest in public administration: an investigation of the communicative foundations of the public interest standard
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The public interest is the highest standard for bureaucratic action in American government. While the importance of this standard ebbs and flows in the literature, the eminence of it remains unquestioned as the North Star for the American ship of state. As the highest standard in American politics and policy, this standard must be formed democratically. In this dissertation, I examine the formation of the public interest standard through the lens of citizen-bureaucratic communication, using the theory of communicative action advanced by the contemporary German social and political philosopher, JÃÂ¼rgen Habermas. I support the use of such a theoretical framework in America by examining the importance of communication for the American pragmatist philosopher, John Dewey. I examine the ramifications of communication in the American democratic state as foundational for the formation and continued expression of the public interest throughout the institution of the American executive branch.
Jordan, Sara Rene (2003). The public interest in public administration: an investigation of the communicative foundations of the public interest standard. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from
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