The Use of Market Metaphors in Public Participation Discourse

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Abstract

The use of market metaphors in public participation discourse is analyzed with the focus on the reliance on business roles — i.e., customer, owner, investor and employee — to explain citizen-administrator relations. An argument is made that each of these metaphors distorts the nature of citizenship to some extent. Owner/investor metaphors are more appropriate nevertheless because of the meaning they confer on citizenship in relation to active/passive and individuals/community oriented dimensions and the use of voice or exit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Review of Public Administration
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Administration

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