Description: Completely revised, and featuring a new foreword by Philip Zimbardo and a new chapter on the abuses at Abu Ghraib, this classic work examines how the modern age, with its emphasis on technical rationality, has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil. 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.
Foreword to the Third Edition, Philip Zimbardo
1. The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil
2. Compliance, Technical Rationality, and Administrative Evil
3. Administrative Evil Unmasked: The Holocaust and Public Service
4. Administrative Evil Masked: From Mittelbau-Dora and Peenemnde to the Marshall Space Flight Center
5. Organizational Dynamics and Administrative Evil: The Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia
6. Public Policy and Administrative Evil
7. Administrative Evil in the Twenty-First Century: Abu Ghraib, Moral Inversion, and Torture Policy
8. Expiating Evil and Administrative Evil: Searching for a Basis for Public Ethics
Comment(s): "On the previous edition:" --
"I highly recommend Unmasking Administrative Evil by Guy Adams and Danny Balfour. It has won just about every award given to a PA book and deservedly so." -- Mary R. Hamilton, former Executive Director, American Society for Public Administration
" Unmasking Administrative Evil is a troubling book, but a very important one that is essential reading. Guy Adams and Danny Balfour are to be congratulated for this path breaking, highly readable, and convincing study. We will all be much better off if the public administration community takes it to heart." -- David H. Rosenbloom, American University
Review(s): "From reviews of the previous edition:" --
"This exceptional book deserves a broader reading than its intended public administration audience. Using several case studies including the Holocaust as administration and NASA's organizational dynamcis that led to the Challenger 'disaster,' Adams and Balfour argue compellingly that the concept of evil should be added to the lexicon of public administration." -- Choice
"A broad and long overdue discussion concerning the nature and significance of evil in the modern organizational context has ... been launched through this pathbreaking work." -- Public Integrity