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Ethics Management in the Public Service

A Sensory-based Strategy, 1st Edition

By Liza Ireni-Saban, Galit Berdugo


146 pages

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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.


"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

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

5. Sight

6. Hearing

7. Smell

8. Touch

9. Taste

10. Making Sense of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Code

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities / Management & Leadership
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business