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Unmasking Administrative Evil

ISBN-10: 0765623315
ISBN-13: 9780765623317
Edition: 3rd 2010 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Adams' research has focused on public service ethics, history and theory, and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book,nbsp;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 administrationnbsp;scholarship, 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).

Foreword to the Third Edition
Foreword to the Revised Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Overview
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
Compliance, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil
Evil 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
Administrative Evil Unmasked: The Holocaust and Public Service
The Holocaust and Administrative Evil: Historical
Interpretations of the Holocaust and the Role of Public Service
Legalizing Evil: The German Civil Service and the Third Reich
Implementing Evil: The German Civil Service and the Holocaust
Adolf Eichmann and the Banality of Administrative Evil
Eichmann: Exceptional or Banal
Perfectly Safe Ground?
Administrative Evil Masked: From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemnde to the Marshall Space Flight Center
Mittelbau-Dora: The Beginning
The Mittelwerk Factory
The Catastrophic End
Peenemunde
Operations Overcast and Paperclip: Post-War Chaos
Denazification
Bringing Them Over
The Von Braun Team: Huntsville, Redstone, and the Marshall Space Flight Center
Saturn and Apollo
Administrative Evil
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 Marshall
The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
Return to Flight
The Pathway to Administrative Evil
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�
The Military Trump Card in Wartime
Implementation
Denouement
Surplus Populations, Moral Inversion, and Administrative Evil
Administrative Evil in the Twenty-First Century: Abu Ghraib, Moral Inversion, and Torture Policy
The Road to Abu Ghraib: Redefining Torture
Torture and Abuse in Interrogation Policy and Procedure
Detainee Operations in Untenable Conditions: Detailing the Abuses
A Benighted Prison
Intelligence Operations in Iraq
Blurring the Boundaries
Making Sense of the Senseless: The Individual Perpetrator
Administrative Evil and Dehumanization
Expiating Evil and Administrative Evil: Searching for a Basis for Public Ethics
Expiating Evil and Administrative Evil: Large Group Identity
The Myth of Pure Evil
Financial Reparations
Forgiveness and Repentance
On the Potential for Expiation
Reconstructing Public Ethics: Necessary but Not Sufficient: The Technical-Rational Approach to Public Service Ethics
The Challenge of Administrative Evil
The Context for Public Ethics: Liberal Democracy
Putting Cruelty First
Deliberative Democracy
Cruelty, Deliberation, and Administrative Evil
References
Index
About the Authors

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