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A terrible efficiency : entrepreneurial bureaucrats and the Nazi Holocaust

Author: Franklin Graves Mixon
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] ©2019
Series: Palgrave pivot.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides numerous examples that apply the modern theory of bureaucracy developed in Breton and Wintrobe (1982 and 1986) to the Nazi Holocaust. More specifically, the book argues, as do Breton and Wintrobe (1986), that the subordinates in the Nazi bureaucracy were not "following orders" as they claimed during the war crimes trials at Nuremberg and elsewhere, but were instead exhibiting an entrepreneurial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mixon, Franklin Graves, 1965-
Terrible efficiency.
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
(OCoLC)1114532480
Named Person: Albert Breton; Ronald Wintrobe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Franklin Graves Mixon
ISBN: 9783030257668 3030257665
OCLC Number: 1120175724
Description: xvii, 153 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The organization of terror and murder --
The modern theory of bureaucracy --
Bureaucratic competition in the Third Reich --
Vertical trust networks in the Nazi bureaucracy --
Horizontal trust networks in the Nazi bureaucracy --
Coercion and vertical trust in the Nazi bureaucracy --
The last of the Third Reich's vertical trust networks?
Series Title: Palgrave pivot.
Other Titles: Entrepreneurial bureaucrats and the Nazi Holocaust
Responsibility: Franklin G. Mixon, Jr.

Abstract:

This book provides numerous examples that apply the modern theory of bureaucracy developed in Breton and Wintrobe (1982 and 1986) to the Nazi Holocaust. More specifically, the book argues, as do Breton and Wintrobe (1986), that the subordinates in the Nazi bureaucracy were not "following orders" as they claimed during the war crimes trials at Nuremberg and elsewhere, but were instead exhibiting an entrepreneurial spirit in competing with one another in order to find the most efficient way of exacting the Final Solution. This involved engaging in a process of exchange with their superiors, wherein the subordinates offered the kinds of informal services that are not codified in formal contracts. In doing so, they were competing for the rewards, or informal payments not codified in formal contracts, that were conferred by those at the top of the bureaucracy. These came in the form of rapid promotion, perquisites (pecuniary and in-kind), and other awards. The types of exchanges described above are based on "trust," not formal institutions.

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