Valuing the Transfer of Citizensâ€™ Nonadministrative Knowledge to Government: Insights from Political Philosophy
VADYM V. PYROZHENKO
PAQ, Vol. 43 No. 2, (2019)
This theory-building essay aims to conceptually articulate the valuing of the transfer of citizensâ€™ nonadministrative knowledge to government. Two ways of valuing, instrumental and normative, are identified and examined in public administration literature. I argue that public administration lacks an understanding of the distinctive normative or democratic significance of citizensâ€™ nonadministrative knowledge. To fill this gap, selected critical theory, postmodern, and pragmatist philosophical approaches to the valuing of citizensâ€™ knowledge are examined in relation to two kinds of knowledge transfer in citizen- government exchanges: administrator knowledge transfer and citizen knowledge transfer. The review suggests that the normative valuing of citizen knowledge transfer requires the empirical and proactive examination of contemporary forms of citizensâ€™ knowledge; that administrator and citizen knowledge transfers should be investigated as interconnected phenomena in an integrative approach, which implies a greater attention to conflict over knowledge; and that the greater normative valuing of citizen knowledge transfer could stimulate its instrumental valuing.
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