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Unmasking Administrative Evil

Unmasking Administrative Evil

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


Guy B. Adams

Adams’ research has focused on public service ethics, history and theory, and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book, 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 administration 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... More About Author

Danny L. Balfour

Professor Balfour Ph.D. joined the public administration faculty at Grand Valley State University in 1996 and served as director of the school from then until 2007. He is co-author of the award-winning book Unmasking Administrative Evil (3rd edition, M.E. Sharpe, 2009) and has numerous other scholarly publications, including book chapters and articles in top national and international public affairs journals.  He was the founding managing editor of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and serves on the editorial boards of several public affairs journals. Professor Balfour teaches courses in public management and ethics, organization... More About Author

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