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|Type of Document
||Bennett, Tracey J.
|Author's Email Address
||Rhetoric as Praxis in Leading and Organizing
A Public Administration: A Journey
in Democratic Governance
||Public Administration and Public Affairs
|Goodsell, Charles T.
|Hult, Karen M.
|Keller, Lawrence F.
|Terry, Larry D.
|White, Orion F. Jr.
- democratic governance
|Date of Defense
Currently, rhetoric is considered a negative term.
This dissertation uses rhetoric as a normative term
serving simultaneously as both the central story line
and storyteller. Rhetoric is both the object of
study and the lens through which to study. A field
study was conducted with the Roanoke County
administration. The rhetorical patterns of
administrative leaders were observed and documented
in their day-to-day activities.
Rhetoric is the conceptual glue both highlighting
and pulling together different layers of understanding.
At the level of theory development and application,
this includes building conceptual linkages between
leading and organizing. In practice, public
administrators know that leading and organizing
occur as an integrated whole. Methodologically,
a new technique to study the rhetoric of leading
and organizing is introduced within the Roanoke County
field study. At a normative level, the linkages
discovered in the rhetorical discourse of leading
and organizing reveal a greater understanding of
democratic governance. The field study provides
insights into leading and organizing that are also
constitutive of a normative position regarding
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