Ethics Management in the Public Service offers a new perspective for ethics management in the Public Administration. The traditional approaches, relying on codified rules, regulations, and guidelines, have not yielded the results expected of them and have not managed to serve as an effective tool in the hands of public administrators struggling with ethical and moral questions. Unlike Code-based training strategies, focusing on the written word and its application in real-life situations, the authors introduce a sensory-based strategy to sharpen public administrators’ senses. This type of training would first aim to help the public administrators become conscious of the use of their senses in a routine manner, not necessarily limited to ethical issues. Once an individual becomes more conscious of his or her acts and thinking process, they can better understand their motives, and again attempt to modify their conduct if and when necessary.
This book holds that sensory-based metaphors are an important device in applying the hermeneutic approach to ethics management in the public service, as they can enhance new understandings about the extent to which particular ethical principles might be disabling. Using metaphors as a management tool of public service ethics helps to communicate public values and ethical guidelines to public administrators.
Table of Contents
1. Ethics Management in the Public Services
2. Bildung: Gadamer's Hermeneutics and Ethics Management in the Public Service
3. Understanding through Metaphors
4. Towards Sensory-Based Strategy for Public Service Ethics
10. Making Sense of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Code
Liza Ireni-Saban is an Assistant Professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel.
Galit Berdugo is Head of Dean's Office in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel.
"Where this book succeeds, in reminding us of the criticality of senses in our understanding, or lack thereof, it succeeds impressively. Ireni-Saban and Berdugo clearly have a strong comprehension of the extant literature and have applied it to their project in an involving way...From a research perspective, the authors’ perspective on sensory-based understanding is of use to those interested in policy generally, from the substance of programming to the interaction of the public sphere and rhetorical flourish in political realms."
Christopher L. Atkinson, Contributing Faculty, Walden University, International Journal of Public Administration