Laskumata bürokraatia-terminoloogia keerdkäikudesse, siis siinviidatu võiks huvi pakkuda nii politseinikele, politseijuhtidele kui poliitikakujundajatele, sest ilmutab ratsionaalsusepüüu irratsionaalset külge.
The origins of the present study began from a simple observation: police paperwork is often an irrational process. […] Impaired driving, it was found, can require an oﬃcer to ﬁll out 16 diﬀerent forms, many of which are related to legal and court purposes, others for use by private insurers or government agencies. Domestic violence calls can require oﬃcers to complete up to 13 forms that similarly reveal a mix of audiences and uses.
Ritzer’s (1993) inﬂuential book, The McDonaldization of Society, applies Max Weber’s (1903, 1921, 1925) theories of modern bureaucracy and rationality to aspects of contemporary living. Notably, Ritzer adopts and expands Weber’s (1905) famous warning that, within capitalist societies, we are increasingly ﬁnding ourselves living within ‘iron cages’ – rational, impersonal spaces that value eﬃciency, rationality, and bureaucratic controls over autonomy and individuality. […] ‘McDonaldization’: ‘eﬃciency’ (proﬁcient and productive completion of tasks); ‘calculability’ (ability to produce quantiﬁable results for analysis); ‘predictability’ (ensuring that processes and outcomes remain the same over time); ‘control’ (replacing autonomous and fallible humans with technology).
Police managers are increasingly expected to implement policies and procedures that emphasize ﬁscal responsibility, accountability, standardisation of processes, performance measures, and competitiveness, explaining the increasing need for controls over employee performance (McLaughlin and Murji 2001).
As may be recalled, eﬃciency refers to the most competent or optimal method for achieving a task. Modern police organisations, especially those adhering to the tenets of NPM, are constantly seeking increased eﬃciencies.
To illustrate the concept of predictability as an organisational concern, Ritzer (1993) uses the example of McDonald’s fast-food restaurants, which are consciously developed to look very similar, rely on the same ordering process, and typically feature many of the same staple items on its menus wherever you are in the world.
“Vabadus on hea, kontroll veel parem!” (mõista-mõista, kellele seda ütlust omistatakse)
Establishing processes to control operations is intended to ensure the eﬀective delivery of eﬃcient services or products through limiting errors.
Ratsionaalsuspüüde irratsionaalsuse näide:
Perhaps the single best example of the ‘irrationality of rationality’ in relation to police data collection is the signiﬁcant amount of duplication and triplication that occurs as a result of demands that fall under the twin umbrellas of ‘calculability’ and ‘predictability’.
Huey, L., Ferguson, L., & Koziarski, J. (2021). The irrationalities of rationality in police data processes. Policing and Society, 1-16.