Unmasking Administrative Evil / Edition 1

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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.

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Using the Holocaust to prove the reality of administrative evil, the authors show how evil is masked within contemporary administrative organizations. The first chapter discusses how individual, organizational, and social behaviors interact in ways that can lead to administrative evil. Subsequent chapters discuss topics such as modernity and technical rationality; the Holocaust and public administration; Mittelbau-Dora, Penem<:u>nde, and the Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA and the Space Shuttle ; and finding a basis for ethics in the public service. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761906698
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Rethinking Public Administration , #5
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 286,213
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Adams’ research has focused on public service ethics, history and theory, and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book,Unmasking Administrative Evil, with Danny L. Balfour, (Third edition, Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, Inc., 2009) won the 1998 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the National Academy of Public Administration’s highest award for excellence in public administrationscholarship, as well as the 1998 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division and the 2002 Best Book Award from the Social Issues in Management Division, both of the Academy of Management. He was awarded the 2007 Marshall E. Dimock Award for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review. In the forty year histories of the Brownlow and Dimock Awards, only four others have won both awards—Harlan Cleveland, Donald Kettl, William Gormley and Alasdair Roberts. Adams also co-authored The Tacit Organization (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1992); and has over seventy scholarly publications, including books, book chapters, and articles in the top national and international public affairs journals. He currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of Public Administration. In 2008, Adams received the Faculty-Alumni Award for distinguished contributions as a scholar and teacher, given by the Alumni Association of the University of Missouri. In 1995, he received the prestigious William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, given annually to ten faculty at the University of Missouri in campus-wide competition. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Master of Public Administration Students of the Truman School. He has served as Chair of both the Section on Public Administration Research and the Section on Public Administration Education of the American Society for Public Administration; on the Executive Committee of the Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association; and is a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (Europe).

Professor Balfour Ph.D.joined the public administration faculty at Grand Valley State University in 1996 andserved as director of the school from then until 2007. He is co-author of the award-winningbook Unmasking Administrative Evil(3rdedition, M.E. Sharpe, 2009) and has numerous other scholarly publications, including book chapters and articles in top national and international public affairs journals. He was the founding managing editor of the Journal of Public Affairs Educationand serves on the editorial boards of several public affairs journals. Professor Balfour teaches courses in publicmanagementand ethics, organization theory, strategic management, and history of the Holocaust.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Curtis Ventriss
Introduction and Overview
The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil
The Framework of Administrative Evil
Modernity and Technical Rationality
Administrative Evil Unmasked
The Holocaust and Public Administration
Administrative Evil Masked
From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemünde to the Marshall Space Flight Center
Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil
The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttle Challenger
Public Policy and Administrative Evil
In the Face of Administrative Evil
Finding a Basis for Ethics in the Public Service

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