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Pariahs No More? On the Status of Theory and Theorists in Contemporary Public Administration

Pariahs No More? On the Status of Theory and Theorists in Contemporary Public Administration Sense-making is an overly simplified definition of theory. Theorists serve a greater purpose than merely providing an interpretive frame to make sense of social phenomena. Camilla Stivers has articulated this purpose as that of a conscious pariah, being at the fringe of a group, and using that marginalized position to advance the group’s discourse. Eighteen years later are theorists still at the fringe of public administration? This article will consider the current state of theory within the field of public administration from the perspective of an emerging scholar. It asks, in a world of conceptual frameworks, whether there is a place for theory and theorists. Subsequently, by applying this differentiation to the practice of scholarly production, the article will deliberate the role of theory in the future of public administration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Administrative Theory & Praxis Taylor & Francis

Pariahs No More? On the Status of Theory and Theorists in Contemporary Public Administration

Administrative Theory & Praxis , Volume 40 (2): 7 – Apr 3, 2018

Pariahs No More? On the Status of Theory and Theorists in Contemporary Public Administration

Administrative Theory & Praxis , Volume 40 (2): 7 – Apr 3, 2018

Abstract

Sense-making is an overly simplified definition of theory. Theorists serve a greater purpose than merely providing an interpretive frame to make sense of social phenomena. Camilla Stivers has articulated this purpose as that of a conscious pariah, being at the fringe of a group, and using that marginalized position to advance the group’s discourse. Eighteen years later are theorists still at the fringe of public administration? This article will consider the current state of theory within the field of public administration from the perspective of an emerging scholar. It asks, in a world of conceptual frameworks, whether there is a place for theory and theorists. Subsequently, by applying this differentiation to the practice of scholarly production, the article will deliberate the role of theory in the future of public administration.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2018 Public Administration Theory Network
ISSN
1949-0461
eISSN
1084-1806
DOI
10.1080/10841806.2018.1458206
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Abstract

Sense-making is an overly simplified definition of theory. Theorists serve a greater purpose than merely providing an interpretive frame to make sense of social phenomena. Camilla Stivers has articulated this purpose as that of a conscious pariah, being at the fringe of a group, and using that marginalized position to advance the group’s discourse. Eighteen years later are theorists still at the fringe of public administration? This article will consider the current state of theory within the field of public administration from the perspective of an emerging scholar. It asks, in a world of conceptual frameworks, whether there is a place for theory and theorists. Subsequently, by applying this differentiation to the practice of scholarly production, the article will deliberate the role of theory in the future of public administration.

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Published: Apr 3, 2018

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