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On resigning in protest.
Although service givers have historically complained about bureaucratic interference with the discharge of their professional and ethical obligations, exceedingly few resign in protest. An analysis is offered to explain this seeming anomaly. Emphasis is given to resource requirements of effective resignations in protest, the psychology of service givers, and the structure and norms of organizational life. Whatever the systemic benefit resignation in protest might be, the phenomenon will be as rare in the future as it has been in the past. (Journal abstract, edited.)