As the US faces frequent government shutdowns and new policy debates surrounding immigration, climate change, budgeting practices, and the balance of power, a constitutional crisis is emerging. With competing interests, unclear policy, and inconsistent leadership directives from the highest levels of government, how do contemporary bureaucrats make sense of this ethically turbulent environment? This collection provides a lens for viewing administrative decision making and behavior from a constitutional perspective, as public servants attempt to navigate new and uncharted territory.
Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats is organized around three constitutional values: freedom, property, and social equity. These themes are based on emerging trends in public administration and balanced with traditional ethical models. Each chapter provides an overview of a contemporary ethical issue, identifies key actors, institutions, legal and legislative policy, and offers normative and practical recommendations to address the challenges the issue poses. Rooted in a respected and time-tested intellectual history, this volume speaks to bureaucrats in a modern era of governance. It is ideally suited to educate students, scholars, and public servants on constitutional values and legal precedent as a basis for ethics in the public sector.
Foreword: Camilla Stivers
Introduction: The Constitutional Tradition in Public Administration Ethics
Larkin Dudley, Nicole M. Elias & Amanda Olejarksi
I. Freedom: Calling Health, Safety, and Financial Security into Question
1. Civil Servants on the Front-lines of Greenhouse Gas Regulation: The Responsibilities of Public Administrators to Protect the Public in the Face of Recalcitrant Political Institutions
Michelle C. Pautz, Ph.D.
2. Regime Values in Disaster Management
Patrick S. Roberts
3. Advancing Administrative Ethics Through Needs-Based Budgeting Practice
Dr. Kate Preston Keeney & Dr. Michael S. Keeney
4. Freedom v. Fairness: How Unresolved Normative Tension Contributed to the Collapse of the U.S. Housing Market in 2008 -- and Policymaker Inability to Reform It a Decade On
Susan W. Gates
II. Property: New Forms of Property Reinvigorating Longstanding Debates
5. Due Process and Property: What Process Due?
Amanda M. Olejarski & Sue M. Neal
6. Property, Intellectual Property and Ethics in Public Administration
Sara R. Jordan
7. Privacy as a Supra-Regime Value: The Ethical argument for a new evolution of regime values to better protect financial privacy in local governments,
Mike Potter, Ph.D.
8. Property and Emerging Institutional Types: The Challenge of Private Foundations in Public Higher Education
Kathryn E. Webb Farley
III. Social Equity: The New Frontier of Diversity and Inclusion
9. Non-binary Gender Identity: Challenging Public Values and Reshaping Institutions
Nicole M. Elias & Gwendolyn Saffran
10. Social Equity and Voting Rights: A Shrinking Regime
Susan T. Gooden & Dr. Brandy Faulkner
11. A Proposal for Strategic Controls to Ensure Equity in the Criminal Justice System
Henry Smart III, Ph.D.
12. Advancing Equity through Increased Access to Residential Broadband
Daniel Boden & Roy Kirby
Conclusion: Where the Constitution Can Lead Us
Nicole M. Elias, Amanda M. Olejarski & Sue M. Neal