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Management, Administration and Critique in the 21st Century?

Yiannis Gabriel
Administrative Theory & Praxis
Vol. 21, No. 4, Millennium Issue (Dec., 1999), pp. 402-408
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25611376
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The author argues that the twentieth century has been characterized by a decline in influence and prestige of administration and a concomitant rise of management. Management has expanded largely on the back of the consumer, its political and ideological champion. By contrast, the champion of administration, the citizen, has become an increasingly distant figure, whose outlook, concern and practices are continuously displaced by consumerism. While consumerism displays a remarkable ability to colonize most dimensions of human existence, the willingness and abilities to critique it have been undermined by the rise of postmodern theorizing. Critique, stripped of its humanistic heritage, is easily accommodated and defused by a set of consumer discourses which thrive on difference and celebrate controversy. The author raises some doubts on the continuing ability of consumerism to accommodate the political, environmental and technological challenges that lie ahead.

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