Unmasking Administrative Evil / Edition 1

Unmasking Administrative Evil / Edition 1

by Guy B. Adams, Danny Lee Balfour
     
 

Although social scientists generally do not discuss "evil" in an academic setting, there is no denying that it has existed in public administration throughout human history. Hundreds of millions of human beings have died as a direct or indirect consequence of state-sponsored violence. The authors argue that administrative evil, or destructiveness, is part of the

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Overview

Although social scientists generally do not discuss "evil" in an academic setting, there is no denying that it has existed in public administration throughout human history. Hundreds of millions of human beings have died as a direct or indirect consequence of state-sponsored violence. The authors argue that administrative evil, or destructiveness, is part of the identity of all modern public administration (as it is part of psychoanalytic study at the individual level). It goes beyond a superficial critique of public administration and lays the groundwork for a more effective and humane profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761906698
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/05/1998
Series:
Rethinking Public Administration Series, #5
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Revised Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Overview
1The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil3
Modernity, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil4
Evil in the Modern Age5
Understanding Evil11
The Roots of Administrative Evil: A Psychological Perspective14
The Social Construction of Evil20
Individual, Organization, and Society21
2Compliance, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil25
Evil and Organizations26
The Social Construction of Compliance: The Stanford Prison Experiment27
Modernity and the Dominance of Technical Rationality29
Compliance in a Culture of Technical Rationality36
Failing to See Administrative Evil39
3Administrative Evil Unmasked: The Holocaust and Public Service43
The Holocaust and Administrative Evil44
Adolf Eichmann and the Banality of Administrative Evil56
Perfectly Safe Ground?62
4Administrative Evil Masked: From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemunde to the Marshall Space Flight Center65
Mittelbau-Dora66
Peenemunde71
Operations Overcast and Paperclip74
The Von Braun Team82
Administrative Evil89
5Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil: The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia91
Organizational Dynamics and the Pathway to Administrative Evil93
The Marshall Space Flight Center, Challenger, and the Pathway to Administrative Evil95
The Challenger Disaster102
The Marshall Space Flight Center105
The Evolution of a Destructive Organizational Culture at Marshall108
The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster113
The Pathway to Administrative Evil116
6Public Policy and Administrative Evil119
Public Policy and Problem Solving119
Surplus Populations and Public Policy Metaphors125
The Evacuation and Relocation of "All Persons of Japanese Ancestry"134
Surplus Populations, Moral Inversion, and Administrative Evil143
7In the Face of Administrative Evil: Searching for a Basis for Public Ethics147
Necessary but Not Sufficient: The Technical-Rational Approach to Public Service Ethics148
The Challenge of Administrative Evil150
Globalization, the Corrosion of Character, and Surplus Populations153
The Prospects for Reconstructing Public Ethics156
Liberal Democracy157
Cruelty, Deliberation, and Administrative Evil162
References165
Index177

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