Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 102-105
The Philosophy and Possible Inadequacies of Crises Governance: Lessons from a Recent Book
Dimitris Konstantinos Kioukias, Department of Business and Organizations Administration, School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece
Received: May 12, 2020;       Accepted: Jul. 3, 2020;       Published: Jul. 13, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijls.20200303.14      View  46      Downloads  34
This short case is based on the author’s book “Governing Really?” which inserts into policy analysis some new philosophical, methodological and practical insights. Whereas the book includes analyses of quite a few policy areas, this case study delimits its investigation to unexpected events-crises. While purely managerial approaches to problem solving rest on some quantifiable evaluation criteria, a more classical rule of law approach usually focuses on causes and punishment of a crime. Even though in the case of “natural disasters” this is a difficult work, among others because they are quite internationalized, the casualties that hit the population are such that lack of investigation of this sort will prove to be both unfair and dangerous. The paper suggests that preventive work can be done in the area of education and culture, aiming at reintroducing more logical argumentation at the expense of postmodern irrationalism and various techniques inspired by it. If postmodern revisionism has the merit of encouraging more pluralistic approaches to policy making, we must keep alert about its relativism and its tendency to transmit (to the media and the laws among others) insignificant stories, or a fear about description. Therefore, so the argument goes, a policy maker must take into account “great” ideas too, as ideas guide any kind of thought, including materialist mental artifacts. At the end of the day one of selected ideas will fit a case in question. Accordingly, effective tackling of natural disasters may well rest on managerialism, as it has happened in the historical past, but must choose a good governing idea too, avoiding routine automatic, or “silent” solutions.
Governing, Unexpected Crises, Managerialism, Legal Approaches, Materialism, Postmodernism, Ideas
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Dimitris Konstantinos Kioukias, The Philosophy and Possible Inadequacies of Crises Governance: Lessons from a Recent Book, International Journal of Law and Society. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2020, pp. 102-105. doi: 10.11648/j.ijls.20200303.14
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