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The Columbia Accident Case Study

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We are to reflect on the role that political influences plays in the internal decision making of a public organization. Stillman's book Public Administration: Concepts and Cases is used focusing on chapter 4 The Political Environment: The Concept of Administrative Power and Case study follows: Using the attached criteria: answer the following:

1) How did the political environment influence the decision to launch the space shuttle? Who was involved and who was not?

2) What were the sources of political pressure? Their points of view?

3) Who was most responsible for the decision to launch the shuttle? Was this responsible or irresponsible use of administrative power?

4) List the reasons why the political dimension are repeatedly overlooked or ignored?

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1)How did the political environment influence the decision to launch the space shuttle? Who was involved and who was not?

The political environment at NASA was based upon a lack of protocols that should have prevented the tragedy from occurring. Engineers knew about the foam falling during liftoff as a result of this occurring during test runs, but the eventual culprit that resulted in the space shuttle exploding, falling foam during liftoff, was not addressed by NASA prior to the liftoff. Therefore, a political environment of ...

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