1st Edition

Ethics Moments in Government Cases and Controversies

By Donald C. Menzel Copyright 2010
    304 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ethical concerns are among the most common problems public administrators face, yet the issues are often complex, and the correct choices are not always clear. Living up to the public trust is much more than just an act of compliance. It also involves perceiving, preventing, avoiding, and resolving accusations of illegal or unethical behavior, including appearances of inappropriate behavior. Ethics Moments in Government: Cases and Controversies examines how to identify, assess, and resolve the ethical issues and dilemmas that often confront those who govern the cities, counties, states, and federal agencies throughout America.

    Real Situations, Real Advice

    Providing a one-stop resource for all those who must contend with thorny ethical issues, this volume presents case studies that vary in complexity and context and are based on real situations. Each case scenario is followed by discussion questions and case assessments by expert practitioners who describe how they would handle the situation. Using a "total immersion" technique, the book encourages readers to be reflexive and analytical in addressing the problems presented and arriving at appropriate solutions. A supplemental CD is included which contains PowerPoint® slide presentations, articles, workshop programs, tests, and links to organizations.

    For many of the scenarios presented in this volume, there are no easy answers. Practical guidance on reasoning through difficult decision-making situations enables public administrators to acquire the ethical knowledge, skills, abilities, and instincts that will ultimately help them gain the trust of their citizens and advance in their careers.

    Getting Started

    Understanding Ethics and Governance

    Becoming Ethically Competent

    Practicing Ethics—Many Faces

    Professionalism and Ethics

    Encouraging Ethical Behavior

    Building Organizations of Integrity

    Ethics in the Workplace

    Lessons Learned Along the Journey

    The Complete Ethical Manager





    Donald C. Menzel is affiliated with Ethics Management International in Tampa, Florida.

    It is difficult to find sufficiently comprehensive material on ethics in governance in a single volume that provides the basis for ethics education in universities or ethics training in the workplace. In Ethics Moments in Government: Cases and Controversies, Don Menzel has surpassed other efforts to date. This volume, conceived from the perspective of ethics practitioners in government rather than a scholar's theoretical preoccupations, truly provides a "one stop package for training, learning, and teaching." Its extraordinarily rich set of cases that are systematically cross indexed to concepts and problems, along with a CD containing a wide array of resource material, can equip any instructor with the essentials of an effective learning experience for those wrestling with the knotty problems of becoming and remaining ethically competent. I recommend it enthusiastically for both instructors in higher education and trainers dealing directly with practitioners.
    — Terry L. Cooper, Ph.D., The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values Director, Civic Engagement Initiative School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California

    … a marvelous addition to the resources on ethics in government.  Thoughtful and engaging in style, the book draws the reader into a serious examination of what it means to be ethically competent.  The wide ranging case studies are grounded in reality and supported by insightful assessments by scholars and officials.
    — James H. Svara, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

    The cases and practical analysis will help public administrators, new and experienced, achieve a level of ethical competency and ability to recognize the issues they face and develop the standards that define their character as public service professionals.
    —Edwin C. Daley, D.P.A., City Manager of Hopewell, Virginia, and the 2008 President of the International City/County Management Association