Governance in Dark Times Practical Philosophy for Public Service

ISBN-10: 158901197X

ISBN-13: 9781589011977

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Camilla Stivers

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With the rush of calamitous events in recent years--the September 11 terror attacks, the Iraq imbroglio, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita--Americans feel themselves to be living in dark times. Trust in one another and in the government is at low ebb. People in public service face profound challenges to the meaning and efficacy of their work. Where can a public servant turn for a public philosophy to sustain practice? Inspired by Hannah Arendt and several other philosophers, Governance in Dark Times is the first book to explore the philosophical and value underpinnings needed to guide public servants in these times. Featuring down-to-earth discussions of such issues as terrorism, torture, and homeland security, it suggests ways for people in government to think more deeply, judge more wisely, and act more meaningfully. Camilla Stivers argues that the most urgent requirement in dark times is re-kindling what Arendt called "the light of the public," and offers practical steps for public servants to create spaces for citizen dialogue and engagement in public life. Ideas like "governance of the common ground" and "public service as social hope" will spark discussion and encourage renewed dedication to the work of governing. Grounded in the author's more than thirty years of teaching and administrative practice, Governance in Dark Times urges public servants in clear, jargon-free prose to reflect, to understand the world we live in, and to act responsibly, both individually and with fellow citizens.
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List price: $25.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

One of the best-loved children's/young adult authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the daughter of Hugh John and Clara Woolner. After attending Prince of Wales College and Dalhouse College in Halifax, she became a certified teacher, eventually teaching in Bideford, Prince Edward Island. She also served as an assistant at the post office and as a writer for the local newspaper, The Halifax Daily Echo. Best known for her Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables books, Montgomery received many high honors. She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1923 and a Canadian stamp commemorates Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. In addition, various museums dedicated to the book series and Montgomery's life dot Prince Edward Island. The books in the Anne series follow the growth and adventures of a red-haired, spritely, high-spirited and imaginative orphan named Anne who lives on Prince Edward Island. The success of these books rested in Montgomery's ability to vividly recollect childhood and her easy storytelling ability. They are tremendously popular to this day and have been translated into more than 35 languages and adapted as movies and PBS television productions. On July 5, 1911, L.M. Montgomery married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and the marriage produced three children. She died on April 24, 1942.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Thinking, Reason, and Truth: Philosophy for Public Service
Rethinking Reason after September 11
Public Administration and the Question of Torture
Thinking, Judging, and Public Life
Two Models of Governance
There's No Place Like Homeland: Security in Dark Times
The Social Reality of Public Space
Governance from the Ground Up
Philosophy for Practice
Pragmatism in Public Service
Public Service Ethics in Dark Times
Index
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