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Responsibility as Paradox

Responsibility as Paradox
A Critique of Rational Discourse on Government

June 1995 | 245 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Exploring the concept of responsible government and administration, this book creates a new paradigm for looking at the issue. Michael M Harmon rejects the current predominant `rationalist' theory, which holds that responsibility involves an intractable conflict between the potential free will of an actor and the restrictions of the institution within which the actor operates. He suggests that public administration must undergo a paradigm shift in which institutional restrictions and individual free will create a healthy and dynamic tension and are not completely incompatible.
Bayard L Catron
Henry D Kass
Series Editor's Introduction
Three Meanings of Responsibility
Agency, Accountability, and Obligation

The Rationalist Conception of Responsible Government
Paradox and Personal Responsibility
The Paradox of Obligation
The Paradox of Agency
The Paradox of Accountability
Rationalism and the Paradox of Courage


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ISBN: 9780803970083