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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
Foreword
Henry D Kass
Series Editor's Introduction
 
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
 
Conclusion
Rationalism and the Paradox of Courage  

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