Unmasking Administrative Evil

Unmasking Administrative Evil

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In Unmasking Administrative 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 administration. The common characteristic of administrative evil is that ordinary people within their normal professional 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 an age when "bureaucratic bashing" is fashionable, 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.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 163.1 x 233.2 x 20.6mm | 453.6g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0765612496
  • 9780765612496

Table of contents

Foreword to the Revised Edition, Charles Perrow; Foreword to the First Edition, Curtis Ventriss; 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 Peenemunde 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. In the Face of Administrative Evil: Searching for a Basis for Public Ethics
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