Implications for Democracy of a Networked Bureaucratic World

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O'Toole Jr, Laurence J. (1997) Implications for Democracy of a Networked Bureaucratic World. Journal of Public Administration, 7 (3). pp. 433-459. ISSN 1053-1858

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Abstract:Dwight Waldo wrote nearly fifty years ago that democracy is very much more than the political context in which public administration is carried out. Public administration is now less hierarchical and insular and is increasingly networked. This has important implications for democracy, including changing responsibilities for the public interest, for meeting public preferences, and for the enhancement of political deliberation, civility, and trust. Networked public administration can pose a threat to democratic governance and it can open possibilities for strengthening governance, depending on the values and actions of public administrators.
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