Title page for ETD etd-08272000-10310002

Type of Document Dissertation
Author MacDonald, Susan Hardie
Author's Email Address smacdonald1@mac.com
URN etd-08272000-10310002
Title Alternative Responses to the Orange County Bankruptcy: An Inquiry into the Images Underlying Theory
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
White, Orion F. Jr. Committee Chair
Harmon, Michael M. Committee Member
Hult, Karen M. Committee Member
Rees, Joseph V. Committee Member
Wamsley, Gary L. Committee Member
  • Civil society
  • Globalization
  • Risk
  • Orange County bankruptcy
Date of Defense 2000-08-18
Availability unrestricted
The bankruptcy of the government of Orange County, California in 1994 is treated as a case study depicting a potentially critical problem emerging for democracies. The analysis links finan-cial and fiduciary perspectives by re-examining the actions of Orange County officials and citi-zens through three separate analytical frames: the dynamics of economic globalization; citizen engagement through the channel of civil society; and the theory of risk--both its nature generally and its financial aspect specifically. The conclusion reached is that globalization has made con-tingency and uncertainty ubiquitous and this indicates that the practice of governance in its pub-lic administration dimension should include a return to pragmatic, process approaches to policy and implementation.
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