Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2007

Publication Title

Administration Theory & Praxis

Volume

29

Issue

1

First Page

102

Last Page

114

Abstract

This article addresses the recent changes in social experience and the effect these changes have on the practice of public administration. It is argued that we have moved from a society of prohibition to a society of commanded enjoyment. This thesis is explored using the frame of Lacanian psychoanalysis. The central claim is that the waning of traditional authority means that enjoyment or jouissance operates on an axis of possibility or impossibility. In such a realm, the coterminous relationship of science and the market make most things possible.