What are the right institutional settings and strategies for ensuring honesty and accountability in public life? How do these settings and strategies relate to one another, and how do we know what is working and what is missing from the whole complex tapestry? Taking Australia as a case study that is relevant to all countries where public integrity is an issue, this book offers some new answers to these larger questions. The collection reviews a variety of existing efforts to understand, 'map' and evaluate the effectiveness of integrity policies and institutions, not just in the government sector but across all the major institutions of modern society. It will be of interest to those in governance, politics, law and public policy.
'At last ... an up-to-date, well-documented book written by leading experts on integrity systems and how to achieve them. Drawing mainly on Australian experience, this book elucidates knowledge and practical solutions for any country seeking to combat corruption in public life. This masterful book is a priority for governments seeking to ensure that their system of integrity is workable. Answers to key questions concerning how to institutionalize integrity and the role of ethics are provided. Essential reading also for public policy, law, and other students/faculty.' Rosamund Thomas, Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics, UK 'This is as good as it gets for those searching for international lessons on integrity in public decision-making. The contributors know what readers need to know and they deliver. Should be compulsory reading for all involved in managing public integrity.' John Uhr, The Australian National University, Australia '...has real strength in providing clear, well-developed case studies and a very useful series of debates on the measurement of accountability and integrity. Although these examples may come from the other side of the world they undoubtedly provide food for thought for students and researchers of the UK local government standards framework.' Local Government Studies 'While this book will be relevant to practitioners and specialist academics, it will also be of interest to a more general audience with a desire to understand the complexities and systematic difficulties in ensuring a coherent system of integrity and accountability in a twenty-first century federal democracy. It is a thought-provoking and interesting collection, rich in detail and insights.' Australian Journal of Political Science