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Unmasking Administrative Evil

Unmasking Administrative Evil

June 1998 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Although social scientists generally do not discuss `evil' in an academic setting, there is no denying that it has existed in public administration throughout human history. Hundreds of millions of human beings have died as a direct or indirect consequence of state-sponsored violence. The authors argue that administrative evil, or destructiveness, is part of the identity of all modern public administration (as it is part of psychoanalytic study at the individual level). It goes beyond a superficial critique of public administration and lays the groundwork for a more effective and humane profession.
Curtis Ventriss
Introduction and Overview
The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil
The Framework of Administrative Evil
Modernity and Technical Rationality

Administrative Evil Unmasked
The Holocaust and Public Administration

Administrative Evil Masked
From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemünde to the Marshall Space Flight Center

Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil
The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttle Challenger

Public Policy and Administrative Evil
In the Face of Administrative Evil
Finding a Basis for Ethics in the Public Service


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