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Based on the case study by Martin, The Blast in Centralia No. 5, in Stillman, PA, Chapter 1, write a 34 page paper in which you

Identify and explain four (4) logistical alternatives Scanlan could have addressed.

Analyze and discuss Scanlan’s motivation toward the Constitution (the law), bureaucracy (as a public administrator responsible to the public), and obligation.

Take a position on two (2) possible paths of action for Scanlan and defend your choices.

Research and cite at least four (4) peerreviewed academic sources.


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Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or schoolspecific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are

Analyze the changing nature and responsibilities for managing public and nonprofit organizations.

Use technology and information resources to research issues in modern public administration.

Write clearly and concisely about modern public administration using proper writing mechanics

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Identify and explain four (4) logistical alternatives Scanlan could have addressed. Four logistical alternatives Scanlan could have addressed are time, communication, responsibility, and corruption. The first concern that Scanlan could have addressed is the time it took for the hierarchy to respond to the reports. The time it took for the hierarchy to respond to the reports was way too long. After reading the text it seems a response was made after several reports were submitted. The Centralia company did not comply with the major recommendations Scanlan made. In fact, they did not even bother to answer Weir’s thirteen letters based on Scanlan’s reports. Weir didn’t do anything about this. Early in the game, Weir considered the dusty condition of the mine so serious that he requested the company to correct it within ten days, but there is no evidence that the company even replied to the request. The second concern Scanlan could have addressed was difficulty with communicating. There was a problem communicating with those who were in a position to regulate the mining industry. Scanlan sent report after report to his superiors. Scanlan and his boss did not communicate effectively. They communicated vastly by mail. I believe they should have communicated face to face due to the severity of the situation. Miscommunication and faulty communication leads to the likelihood of failure (Garnett, 2009). The third concern Scanlan could have addressed was responsibility. Who was responsible? There were 111 men killed in that explosion. They had known for months that the mine was dangerous. Yet there was nothing done. Why not? Then men who worked in the mine had complained about the dust for a long time. They would cough up chunks of coal dust the size of walnuts after work. The fourth concern that Scanlan could have addressed was corruption. Scanlan worked during a period where corruption was seen as the norm. The people in position of leadership in government were easily bought by business trying to push their agendas. This was apparent with the mine owners and the agencies that were supposedly regulating the mines. According to the text, most inspectors would visit the mines and party with the owners. They were made friends in the government and money was put in the pockets of those in leadership. According to Escaleras, Anbarci, and Register, disasters do not kill people, negligence from corrupt public officials kill people (Anbarci, Escaleras, & Regi...
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