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Ethics in Public Policy and Management
A global research companion

ISBN 9780415725286
Published August 31, 2015 by Routledge
374 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion showcases the latest research from established and newly emerging scholars in the fields of public management and ethics. This collection examines the profound changes of the last 25 years, including the rise of New Public Management, New Public Governance and Public Value; how these have altered practitioners’ delivery of public services; and how academics think about those services.

Drawing on research from a broad range of disciplines, Ethics in Public Policy and Management looks to reflect on this changing landscape. With contributions from Asia, Australasia, Europe and the USA, the collection is grouped into five main themes:

  • theorising the practice of ethics;
  • understanding and combating corruption;
  • managing integrity;
  • ethics across boundaries;
  • expanding ethical policy domains.

This volume will prove thought-provoking for educators, administrators, policy makers and researchers across the fields of public management, public administration and ethics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction  1. The Scope and Scale of Ethics in Public Policy and Management Part II: Theorising the Practice(s) of Ethics  2. A Public Ethics of Care: Bringing ethics of care into public ethics research  3.Adding Colours to the Shades of Grey: Enriching the integrity discourse with virtue ethics concepts   4. Discourses of Deceit, Political Myth and Ideological Capital in Public Administration  Part III: Understanding and Combating Corruption  5. History and Public Ethics   6. Building Integrity in Public Sector Operations   7. Theoretical (Mis)understanding? Applying Principal-Agent and Collective Action Theories to the Problem of Corruption in Systemically Corrupt Countries   8. The Ethics of Public Officials in the United States: Strong, bent, broken?   Part IV: Managing Integrity  9. Institutionalizing Integrity Management: Challenges and solutions in times of financial crises and austerity measures  10. Ethical Leadership Research: Looking beyond the leader  11. The Limits of Rule Governance  12. Researching and Improving the Effectiveness of Ethics Training   Part V: Ethics Across Boundaries  13. Public Service Motivation in a Complex Public Sector   14.What Does Working in the Public Services Mean? Describing the public service ethos in practice  15. Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Decision-Making: Mainland China and Hong Kong comparison  Part VI: Expanding Ethical Policy Domains  16. Ethical Decisions and the Great Moral Challenge of our Time  17. The Undiscovered Country: Establishing an ethical paradigm for space activities in the 21st Century  Part VII: Conclusion  18. Towards a Global Ethics: Wishful thinking or a strategic necessity?

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Alan Lawton is Professor of Management at Federation Business School, Federation University Australia.

Zeger van der Wal is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Leo Huberts is Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands


‘Ethics and Public Policy in Management challenges traditional boundaries and provides the global perspective necessary for understanding the ethical issues confronting public managers in the 21st century. The multi-national scope of the chapters and diverse analytical frameworks place ethics at the forefront of good governance.’ - Danny L. Balfour, Grand Valley State University, USA

‘An excellent collection covering an eclectic range of issues from public service motivation to the ethics involved in space exploration. It poses a series of thoughtful questions for global ethics research.’ - Dr James Downe, Reader, Public Policy & Management, Cardiff Business School, UK