Sense making under 'holographic' conditions: framing research into SCADs

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Witt. MT & Kouzmin, A 2010, ‘Sense making under 'holographic' conditions: framing research into SCADs’, American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 783-794.

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The ellipses of due diligence riddling the official account of the 9/11 incidents continue being ignored by scholars of policy and public administration. This article introduces intellectual context for examining the policy heuristic “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCAD) (deHaven-Smith, 2006) and its usefulness for better understanding patterns of state criminality of which no extant policy analytic model gives adequate account.This article then introduces papers included in this symposium examining the chimerical presence and perfidious legacy of state criminality against democracy.

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