Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Howard Foster


Historically public sector organizations have adopted a positivist organizational model that relies on highly centralized decision-making structures. Does such a classical bureaucratic model serve government organizations well given the intrinsic lack of accountability in traditional hierarchical administrative organizations particularly in as much as positivist models openly conflict with the ideals of pluralist democratic political systems and processes? Hierarchical structures, by definition, depend on a centralized, and exclusionary, decision-making process that the positivist organizational model holds to be "efficient." In the highly diffuse, and decentralized decision-making processes of the political realm the classical positivist model cannot be readily sustained. Philosophically, can positivist models of public administration continue to flourish in a post-industrial, postmodern world?