Gjesteforelesning: How bureaucracy may undermine moral agency. What attitudes of indifference, care-giving, and enforcement in public service have in common

How bureaucracy may undermine moral agency. What attitudes of indifference, care-giving, and enforcement in public service have in common.

Innledning

Bernardo Zacka, ofte nevnt som «den nye Michael Lipsky», er professor ved Stanford. Han har gjort furore med boka «When the state meets the street», basert på feltarbeid ved amerikanske sosialkontor. Boka kombinerer normativ teori og etnografi. Zacka foreleser over sentrale kapitler i boka.

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When the State Meets the Street probes the moral lives of frontline social and welfare workers, police officers, and educators who represent government’s human face to ordinary citizens. Combining insights from political theory with his own ethnographic fieldwork as a receptionist in an urban antipoverty agency, Bernardo Zacka shows us firsthand the predicament in which these public servants are entangled.

These workers are expected to act as sensible moral agents in a working environment that is notoriously challenging and often conspires against them. Zacka examines what it takes to remain a balanced moral agent in such difficult conditions.