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FAU Hosts International Scholars Conference Focusing
on Anti-essentialism

BOCA RATON, FL (February 28, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University’s School of Public Administration in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs will host “Anti-essentialism in Public Administration” on March 2 and 3 at The Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood Beach.

The conference will bring together international scholars who write about public administration and political theories. Additional theorists’ topics include the de-centering of public institutions, the implications of apparent movement from stable-granite institutions to dynamic ever-changing networks, inter-agency task forces and trans-institutional conversations.

The following conference paper topics include:

  • Anti-Essentialism in Multicultural Societies: Facilitating Multicultural Discourse through Tolerance of Cultural Pluralism , by Dragan Staniševski. This paper will   examine the value of cultural tolerance within diverse societies focusing on reducing cross-cultural tensions and facilitating public policy deliberations.
  • The New Deal’s Caring State: A Foundational Narrative for Contemporary Public Administration , by DeLysa Burnier. Significant contributions of women administrators within the New Deal period and gender-inclusive viewpoints into the traditional versions of American public administration history will be the focus of this paper.
  • The Hermeneutics of Government Contracting: Questions of Meaning, Anti-Essentialism and Anti-Foundationalism , by Jay D. White. White’s paper will employ the process of hermeneutics, a model of interpretation, to examine the legitimacy of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as their impact on the meanings of public policy and the actions of public managers.
  • Innocence, Blame and Accountability: Avoidance and Sensemaking in Public Administration , by Jonathan Anderson. This paper will explain the “accountability game,” which is an attempt to disentangle a complex concept of the value of accountability, social construction, functions in government and enforcement methods of accountability.

Thirty-two additional scholars will present their paper topics at the conference.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Hugh Miller, director and professor of FAU’s School of Public Administration in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, at 954-762-5650.

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