Beyond ‘instrumental rationality’: Lord Cromer and the imperial roots of Eichmann's bureaucracy

  title={Beyond ‘instrumental rationality’: Lord Cromer and the imperial roots of Eichmann's bureaucracy},
  author={Y. A. Shenhav},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={379 - 399}
  • Y. Shenhav
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Genocide Research
In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt introduced the term ‘banality of evil’ to describe the ‘superficial mind’ of an over-conformist bureaucrat, whose organizational expertise was the emigration of Jews. The literature that examined the roots of Arendt's thesis on the banality of evil assumed that she had portrayed a pathological and malfunctioning rational bureaucracy, motivated by a strong culture of instrumental rationality. In contrast to this instrumental rationality thesis—and despite… 
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