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AI and bureaucratic discretion

Vredenburgh, Kate (2023) AI and bureaucratic discretion. Inquiry. ISSN 0020-174X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0020174X.2023.2261468


Algorithmic decision-making has the potential to radically reshape policy-making and policy implementation. Many of the moral examinations of AI in government take AI to be a neutral epistemic tool or the value-driven analogue of a policymaker. In this paper, I argue that AI systems in public administration are often better analogised to a street-level bureaucrat. Doing so opens up a host of questions about the moral dispositions of such AI systems. I argue that AI systems in public administration often act as indifferent bureaucrats, and that this can introduce a problematic homogeneity in the moral dispositions in administrative agencies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 10:57
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 02:22

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