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Unmasking Administrative Evil

Author: Guy B Adams; Danny L Balfour
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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The modern age with its emphasis on technical rationality has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil--administrative evil. Unmasking Administrative Evil discusses the overlooked relationship between evil and public affairs, as well as other fields and professions in public life. The authors argue that the tendency toward administrative evil, as manifested in acts of dehumanization and genocide, is deeply woven  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Adams, Guy.
Unmasking Administrative Evil.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Guy B Adams; Danny L Balfour
ISBN: 9781317507611 1317507614
OCLC Number: 910650978
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 222 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction and Overview; 1. The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil; Modernity, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil; Evil in the Modern Age; Is Administrative Evil Public or Private?; Administrative Evil and Public Affairs; Dirty Hands; Hubris; Understanding Evil; The Roots of Administrative Evil: A Psychological Perspective; Distance, Perspective, and Moral Disengagement; Language and Dehumanization; The Taken-for-Granted; The Social Construction of Evil; Individual, Organization, and Society. 2. Compliance, Technical Rationality, and Administrative EvilEvil and Organizations; The Social Construction of Compliance: The Stanford Prison Experiment; Modernity and the Dominance of Technical Rationality; Technical Rationality and the Evolution of Modern Professionalism; The Moral Vacuity of Technical-Rational Professionalism; Compliance in a Culture of Technical Rationality; Failing to See Administrative Evil; 3. Administrative Evil Unmasked: The Holocaust and Public Service; The Holocaust and Administrative Evil. Historical Interpretations of the Holocaust and the Role of Public ServiceLegalizing Evil: The German Civil Service and the Third Reich; Implementing Evil: The German Civil Service and the Holocaust; Adolf Eichmann and the Banality of Evil; Eichmann: Exceptional or Banal?; Perfectly Safe Ground?; 4. Administrative Evil Masked: From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemünde to the Marshall Space Flight Center; Mittelbau-Dora; The Beginning; The Mittelwerk Factory; The Catastrophic End; Von Braun and Peenemünde; Operations Overcast and Paperclip; Post-War Chaos; Denazification; Bringing Them Over. The Von Braun TeamHuntsville, Redstone, and the Marshall Space Flight Center; Saturn and Apollo; Administrative Evil; 5. Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil: The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia; Organizational Dynamics and the Pathway to Administrative Evil; The Marshall Space Flight Center, Challenger, and the Pathway to Administrative Evil; A Flawed Design; NASA's History as an Organization; The Space Shuttle Program; The Challenger Disaster; An Extraordinary Launch; The Marshall Space Flight Center. The Evolution of a Destructive Organizational Culture at MarshallThe Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster; Return to Flight; The Pathway to Administrative Evil; 6. Public Policy and Administrative Evil; Public Policy and Problem Solving; Critiques of the Problem-Solving Approach to Public Policy; Surplus Populations and Public Policy Metaphors; Welfare Policy and Illicit Drug Policy; Immigration Policy; A Shameful Historical Precedent ; Operations Overcast and Paperclip; The Evacuation and Relocation of ""All Persons of Japanese Ancestry""; ""The Decision Nobody Made""
Responsibility: Guy B. Adams and Danny L. Balfour.

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The modern age with its emphasis on technical rationality has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil--administrative evil. Unmasking Administrative Evil discusses the overlooked relationship between evil and public affairs, as well as other fields and professions in public life. 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. The common characteristic of administrative evil is that ordinary people within their normal professional and administrative roles can engage in ac.

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