Centralia No. 5 Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Analyze and discuss Scanlan’s motivation toward the Constitution (the law), bureaucracy (as a public administrator responsible to the public), and obligation 3. Present directions of action Scanlan could have taken
This is truly a tragedy that could have been prevented. You will see how “Politics at the highest level of Illinois government played a critical role in the conditions that led to the accidents” (Hartley & Kennedy, 2006).
Logistical Alternatives
Centralia No. 5 was a thriving coal mine during World War 2. On March 25, 1947 a blast, due to excessive mine dust. “Mine inspectors had been denouncing Centralia's No. 5 for years-one recent report had listed many dangerous violations of safety codes, but little had ever been done to correct them” (Time 1947). The case study of Centralia No.5 (Stillman, p.30) gives a recount of the facts leading up to the blast and also reveals the inner complexities of the administrative framework of modern society. It outlines a coal company sensitive only to profit incentives, state regulatory agencies inadequacy in enforcing mine safety legislation, federal officials and mine unions complacent about the growing problems; and the miners incapable of protecting themselves against the impending
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He continually believed in the system that let him down.
Scanlan’s Motivation toward Bureaucracy
Scanlan stated, “That I have always been opposed to corrupt, grafting politicians and that I wasn’t going to be one myself…” (Stillman p. 41). This statement is enough to let you know he did not believe in the red tape put there by officials but was and would be for the people.
Scanlan’s Motivation toward Obligation
Scanlan felt obligated to keep fighting for the miners. This is evident in the numerous reports he submitted and the ways he tried to make changes happen for the miners, although they were continually ignored and pushed aside. Being a former miner himself, he know it was hard for the voice of the miners to be heard and with him serving in the capacity of an inspector, their voice would somehow be heard. He felt it was the Department of Mines and Minerals responsibility to take care of the miners and not focus on the political propaganda.
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