Democratic Governance and Discursive Democracy

By B. Joon Kim.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The concept of governance can enhance the future of public administration through emphasizing the role of civil society, and allowing the discursive democratic voices to find original democratic values in public administration situations. That is to say, governance can be of help for the movement toward transcending public administration. If we lived in a small city nation like an ancient Athens in Greece, we would not have to worry about the whole process of public policy decision-making, implementation, evaluation, and so on, because every citizen in Athens could participate, be involved in discourse and discussions, and could utilize any single communicative skill for the discursive process and deliberation. However, in the real world, it cannot be realized and also, traditional ideas regarding public administration which are positivistic, structural, functionalistic and bureaucratic cannot be totally replaced by discursive democracy. Therefore, we need to try to use dialectic approach. This means that we can attain benefits from both positivistic views and anti-positivistic views of public administration. This also means that we need a contingency model of these diversities regarding public administration in the future and we should never forget the importance of balance in our rapidly changing world.

Keywords: Democratic Governance, Discursive Democracy, Social Construction, Critical Theory, Public Administration

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.117-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 620.870KB).

Dr. B. Joon Kim

Assistant Professor, Division of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Dr. B. Joon Kim, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. His teaching and research interests include: e-government/information technology; public management; policy analysis; nonprofit management; research methods; and public budgeting and finance. His current research focuses on the role of community groups in e-government and e-democracy; the social impact of information technology on citizen interaction and collaborative governance; and the multilevel analysis on civic and political participation.


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