Title: Public values theory: three big questions

Authors: Barry Bozeman

Addresses: Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, 201 Baldwin Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA

Abstract: The ||three big questions|| of the title include: What is |public value|?; Is public value different from the aggregation of private values?; Is it possible to identify and evaluate public values? The author provides qualified responses to each of these questions and then turns to the issue of public values and infrastructure, suggesting that infrastructure provides an especially useful laboratory for studying public value. First, infrastructure issues force an engagement of both public and private values and decisions about the nexus of the two. Second, infrastructures provide a good vantage point for studying both empirical and normative |publicness|.

Keywords: public values; infrastructure; publicness; value analysis; public value.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2009.025077

International Journal of Public Policy, 2009 Vol.4 No.5, pp.369 - 375

Available online: 12 May 2009 *

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