Unmasking Administrative Evil / Edition 3

Unmasking Administrative Evil / Edition 3

by Taylor and Francis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0765623315

ISBN-13: 9780765623317

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Completely revised, and featuring a new foreword by Philip Zimbardo and a new chapter on the abuses at Abu Ghraib, this classic work examines how the modern age, with its emphasis on technical rationality, has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil. The authors argue that the tendency toward administrative evil, as manifested in acts of dehumanization and

Overview

Completely revised, and featuring a new foreword by Philip Zimbardo and a new chapter on the abuses at Abu Ghraib, this classic work examines how the modern age, with its emphasis on technical rationality, has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil. The authors argue that the tendency toward administrative evil, as manifested in acts of dehumanization and genocide, is deeply woven into the identity of public affairs, as well as other fields and professions in public life.

The common characteristic of administrative evil is that ordinary people, within their normal professional and administrative roles, can engage in acts of evil without being aware that they are doing anything wrong. Under conditions of moral inversion, people may even view their evil activity as good.

In the face of this indisputable danger, this book seeks to lay the groundwork for a more ethical and democratic public life-one that recognizes its potential for evil, and thereby creates greater possibilities for avoiding the hidden pathways that lead to state-sponsored dehumanization and destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765623317
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Third Edition Philip Zimbardo

Foreword to the Revised Edition Charles Perrow

Foreword to the First Edition Curtis Ventriss

Acknowledgments

Introduction and Overview

1 The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil

2 Compliance, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil

3 Administrative Evil Unmasked: The Holocaust and Public Service

4 Administrative Evil Masked: From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemnde to the Marshall Space Flight Center

5 Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil: The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia

6 Public Policy and Administrative Evil

7 Administrative Evil in the Twenty-First Century: Abu Ghraib, Moral Inversion, and Torture Policy

8 Expiating Evil and Administrative Evil: Searching for a Basis for Public Ethics

References

Index

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