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Public Policy and the Public Good
 

Public Policy and the Public Good (Hardback)

By Fishman, Ethan M.
Foreword by Barber, Benjamin

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There has been a trend among public policy analysts to disavow the value of Western political tradition for understanding contemporary social dilemmas. This collection of essays aims to demonstrate that the history of political philosophy actually increases awareness of the natur... read full description below.

ISBN 9780313272240
Published 30 May 1991 by ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback
Series Contributions in Political Science (part: No. 276)
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ISBN-13 9780313272240
ISBN-10 0313272247
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint Praeger Publishers Inc
Publication Date 30 May 1991
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Fishman, Ethan M.
Foreword by Barber, Benjamin
Series Contributions in Political Science (part: No. 276)
Category Social Issues
Political Science & Theory
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 457g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Political science - History, Policy sciences
NBS Text Political Science & Theory
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 350.0072
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

As a reading of the recent literature indicates, there has been a trend among public policy analysts to disavow the utility of the Western political tradition for understanding contemporary social dilemmas. This edited collection demonstrates that the history of political philosophy actually increases the awareness of the nature of such problems. By employing models of historical understanding, the contributors permit political theory to illuminate the dilemmas underlying modern policy questions and permit historical theorists to model perspectives that are useful in confronting current policy alternatives. Each of the book's ten chapters, written by some of today's most respected political theorists, explains how knowledge of a specific historical thinker or school of thought can lead to a clearer appreciation of a particular contemporary American policy issue. Among the topics included are an analysis of capital punishment from the perspective of ancient Judaic law; Plato on television news; Aristotle on the crisis in American public education; Aquinas on the controversies involved in American health care policy; Martin Luther on political leadership in democracies; a Hobbesian approach to American interest-group liberalism; a Lockean appraisal of North American native peoples' land claims; a modern republican examination of affirmative action; a liberal critique of surrogate motherhood; and Marx on the social consequences of computer technology. Together, these chapters serve to highlight the Western political tradition and put its accumulated wisdom to use in solving current policy questions. This book will be a valuable resource for courses in public policy analysis, Americanpolitical thought, and Western political philosophy. Both public and academic libraries will also find it to be a useful addition to their collections.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ?A collection of essays that aims to show that the theory of the public good and the practice of public policy can be usefully related to each other, contrary to their habit of proceeding as if theory were without practical implications and practice could afford to ignore the wisdom of theory. The editor argues that his purpose is to permit historical political theory to illuminate the value dilemmas underlying modern policy questions. The volume seems to achieve its purpose admirably. Essays by ten different authors cover a wide range of topics--capital punishment, the media, religion and political leadership, interest-group liberalism--plus many others too numerous to list individually. The authors show how the range of contemporary thought about policy issues is widened and deepened by the insights of the philosophers and even the theologians. The editor's case against the isolation of policy science from political philosophy is successfully illustrated by these essays, and students of policy will find their ideas enriched by the stimulus provided.?-Choice

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Author's Bio

ETHAN FISHMAN is a Professor of Political Science at the University of South Alabama. He specializes in the application of classic Western values to contemporary American politics. Dr. Fishman is the author of Likely Stories: Essays on Political Philosophy and Contemporary American Literature and has written articles for various journals, including American Politics Quarterly and The Journal of Politics.

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