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The Ethics of Dissent
Managing Guerrilla Government

Third Edition


March 2019 | 208 pages | CQ Press

“Rosemary O’Leary’s The Ethics of Dissent offers a novel take on rule breakers and whistle-blowers in the federal government. Finding a book that elegantly interweaves theory, case detail, and practice in a way useful to students and researching proves challenging. O’Leary achieves those aims.”
 —Randall Davis, Southern Illinois University  

From “constructive contributors”" to “deviant destroyers,” government guerrillas work clandestinely against the best wishes of their superiors. These public servants are dissatisfied with the actions of the organizations for which they work, but often choose not to go public with their concerns. In her Third Edition of The Ethics of Dissent, Rosemary O’Leary shows that the majority of guerrilla government cases are the manifestation of inevitable tensions between bureaucracy and democracy, which yield immense ethical and organizational challenges that all public managers must learn to navigate.    

New to the Third Edition:  

  • New examples of guerrilla government showcase the power of public servants as well as their ethical obligations. Key concepts are connected to real examples, such as Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign the marriage certificates of gay couples, and Kevin Chmielewski, the deputy chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who led environmental groups to the wrong doings of EPA Administrator Scott Prewitt.  
  • A new section on the creation of “alt” Twitter accounts designed to counter and even sabotage the policies of President Donald Trump highlights the power of social media in guerrilla government activities.  
  • A new section on the U.S. Department of State “dissent channel” provides readers with a positive example of the right way to dissent as a public servant.  
  • A new chapter on Edward Snowden demonstrates the practical relevance and contemporary importance of the world’s largest security breach.  
  • A new profile of U.S. Department of State diplomat Mary A. Wright illustrates how she used her resignation to dissent about U.S. policies in Iraq.
 
Prelude
 
Chapter 1: Guerrilla What?
Bureaucratic Politics  
Organizations and Management  
Ethics  
Looking Ahead  
 
First Interlude: Rogue Twitter Accounts Used as Tools of Dissent Against the Trump Administration
 
Chapter 2: Guerrilla Government and the Nevada Wetlands
Making the Deserts Bloom  
Attack from the Outside  
Marketing Their Cause  
National Wetlands Policy  
A Crisis Emerges  
Lobbying Strategy  
Fund-Raising  
Embarrassing the Government  
Network Management  
Risk Taking  
Scientific Knowledge  
Downside  
Epilogue  
 
Second Interlude: More Stories of Guerrilla Government
Guerrilla Government in the Medical Field  
Preventing Guerrilla Government in a National Health Insurance Organization  
Guerrilla Government in Radar Support  
Guerrilla Government in Regulation Promulgation  
 
Chapter 3: Guerrilla Government in the EPA’s Seattle Regional Office
John Spencer and the Reign of Terror, 1981–1983  
Ernesta Barnes, 1983–1986: Guerrilla Activity Wanes  
Robie Russell, 1986–1990: Guerrilla Government Is Triggered Again  
Epilogue  
 
Third Interlude: Case Studies of Guerrilla Government
Guerrilla Government in County Planning  
Guerrilla Government in the Legal Services Organization  
Guerrilla Government in Job Corps  
Guerrilla Government in the Department of Labor  
 
Chapter 4: A Government Guerrilla Sues His Own Agency: Off-Road Vehicles in the Hoosier National Forest
Ferguson Decides to Sue the Forest Service  
Will Ferguson Be Transferred?  
The ORV Court Case Continues  
Epilogue  
 
Fourth Interlude: More Stories of Guerrilla Government
Guerrilla Government in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency  
Guerrilla Government in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
Guerrilla Government in the Quest to Protect School Children from Pests and Pesticides  
Guerrilla Government in the U.S. Army  
Guerrilla Government in a State Department of Transportation  
More Guerrilla Government at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
 
Chapter 5: WikiLeaks and Guerrilla Government: The Case of Private Manning
Manning E-Mails Another Hacker  
Reactions Vary  
Impact of Leaked Information  
Charges Are Filed; Manning Pleads Guilty to Ten Counts  
Epilogue  
 
Fifth Interlude: The “Dissent Channel”
 
Chapter 6: Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency: The World’s Largest Security Breach
NSA Ramps Up Surveillance  
Snowden Leaks 1.7 Million Files  
Reactions to Leaked Information  
Epilogue  
 
Sixth Interlude: Resignation as Dissent
 
Chapter 7: Managing Guerrilla Government: Ethical Crusaders or Insubordinate Renegades?
Harsh Realities of Guerrilla Government  
Advice from the Pros  
Conclusion  
 
Postlude: Are There Lessons?
In General  
Chapter 2: Guerrilla Government and the Nevada Wetlands  
Chapter 3: Guerrilla Government in the EPA’s Seattle Regional Office  
Chapter 4: A Government Guerrilla Sues His Own Agency  
Chapter 5: WikiLeaks and Guerrilla Government  
Chapter 6: Edward Snowden and the World’s Largest Security Breach  

“At a time of moral and political challenge, this updated classic masterfully examines the existential reality of the lives of public service. Rosemary O’Leary’s elegant and thoughtful prose presents balanced and thorough assessments of six major and myriad shorter cases of officials seeking to work through moral and legal obligations in very difficult circumstances. The book opens a gateway into honest and deep reflection on the multiple obligations committed public officials daily face. The open-ended and multifaceted cases invite hard thought and teaching around the obligations of office and individual integrity; the new cases involving Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning’s leaking of government document troves are exemplars of how to present open cases that generate profound deliberation.”

J. Patrick Dobel
University of Washington

“Rosemary O’Leary’s The Ethics of Dissent offers a novel take on rule breakers and whistle-blowers in the federal government. Finding a book that elegantly interweaves theory, case detail, and practice in a way useful to students and researching proves challenging. O’Leary achieves those aims.”

Randall Davis
Southern Illinois University

“This text is a must-read for all professors and adult learners. I would encourage the inclusion of this book in all administrative programs.”

Charles E. Moreland
Barry University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:    

  • New examples of guerrilla government showcase the power of public servants as well as their ethical obligations. Key concepts are connected to real examples, such as Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign the marriage certificates of gay couples, and Kevin Chmielewski, the deputy chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who led environmental groups to the wrong doings of EPA Administrator Scott Prewitt.  
  • A new section on the creation of “alt” Twitter accounts designed to counter and even sabotage the policies of President Donald Trump highlights the power of social media in guerrilla government activities.  
  • A new section on the U.S. Department of State “dissent channel” provides readers with a positive example of the right way to dissent as a public servant.  
  • A new chapter on Edward Snowden demonstrates the practical relevance and contemporary importance of the world’s largest security breach.  
  • A new profile of U.S. Department of State diplomat Mary A. Wright illustrates how she used her resignation to dissent about U.S. policies in Iraq.    

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Thoroughly researched in-depth case studies, fresh analysis, and great story-telling, provides students what they need to understand the importance of dissent, and presents strategies public servants can use to determine whether to engage in guerrilla activity. 
  • As a leading scholar and thinker in the areas of public management, ethics, dispute resolution, law, and environmental management, author Rosemary O’Leary is the perfect guide for students’ understanding of the ethical complexities in the tensions between bureaucracy and democracy. 

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