Common Ground, Common Future: Moral Agency in Public Administration, Professions, and Citizenship, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Common Ground, Common Future

Moral Agency in Public Administration, Professions, and Citizenship, 1st Edition

By Charles Garofalo, Dean Geuras


208 pages

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Common Ground, Common Future: Moral Agency in Public Administration, Professions, and Citizenship examines the public and private roles of the citizen as a moral agent. The authors define this agent as a person who recognizes morality as a motive for action, and not only follows moral principles but also acknowledges morality as his or her principal. The book explains that public administration is a fundamentally moral enterprise that exists to serve the values that society considers significant, and that this moral nature makes public administration a prototype for other professions to emulate, a model of moral governance in American society.

The title reflects the book's principal purpose and abiding hope: the development of a broad perspective on our individual and collective roles and responsibilities as citizens, professionals, and moral beings, with a recognition of mutual obligations to the large and small challenges inherent in the process of governance.

Table of Contents

The Moral Agent, Moral Organization, and the Public


What Is a Moral Agent?

The Special Ethical Aspects of Public Organizations

Citizenship and Public Administration

The Ethical Environment of Public Administration

The Need for Ethical Reasoning in Public Administration

Moral Agency, the Public Administrator, and the Private Citizen

Moral Agency in the Public Sector

The Ideal Public Administrator

The Legislator's Moral Agency

Conflicts of Obligations

Bending and Breaking the Rules

Moral Whistle-Blowing

The Ideal and the Real

Ethical Breakdowns in Public Administration

Insufficient Commitment

Excessive Commitment to Goals

Moral Dilemmas

The Public Administrator as Strong Evaluator

Ethics in Business


Opponents of CSR

Proponents of CSR


Perspectives on Government


Managed Care

Origins and Structure of Managed Care

Moral Challenges of Managed Care

Alternative Perspectives on Managed Care

The Legal Profession

The Client's Interest and the Interests of Justice

Moral Obligations Common to the Legal Profession

The Legal Profession and Public Service

Civil Law

Attorneys Committed to Causes


Higher Education

Ethics in the Academy: Level 1

Ethics in the Academy: Level 2

University-Government Partnerships

University-Business Partnerships

Intercollegiate Athletics


Unifying Ethical Theory

Traditional Ethical Theories

The Unity of the Absolutist Theories

The Kantian Legislator in the Kingdom of Ends and the Moral Agent

The Unified Ethic, Communitarianism, and Individualism

Rawls and the Unified Ethic

Applying the Unified Ethic to Moral Agency

The Moral Agent as Morally Responsible Citizen

Insufficient Commitment to Moral Values

Transformation and Reconfiguration

Moral Agency in Business

Use of Foreign, Low-Wage Labor

Should Tobacco Companies Exist?

The Moral Exemplarship of the Private Executive

Moral Agency and the Attorney

Encouraging the Process of Moral Agency in the Health Professions

Higher Education in the Context of the Kingdom of Ends

The Public Agent as Exemplar for the Private Professional:

A Dialogue

Points of Agreement

Geuras: The Public Administrator as Citizen Exemplar Model

Does Not Fully Apply to the Private Sector

Garofalo's Response


Common Ground, Common Future


Requirements for Reform


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