The Ethics of Public Service: Resolving Moral Dilemmas in Public Organizations

The Ethics of Public Service: Resolving Moral Dilemmas in Public Organizations

The Ethics of Public Service: Resolving Moral Dilemmas in Public Organizations

The Ethics of Public Service: Resolving Moral Dilemmas in Public Organizations

Synopsis

"Denhard presents a sensible organizational framework that includes (a) the individual administrator and the organizational context; (b) the distinction between process and content ethics, and (c) the dichotomy between deotological and teleological moral claims." Choice

Excerpt

There is no clear consensus about what constitutes ethical administrative behavior and what that means for public administration. Should concern lie primarily with corruption, with the administrative role in the policy-making process, with the conflicting obligations of administrators, or with other dimensions of administrative activity?. These concerns and many others find their place in the eclectic administrative ethics literature. What is lacking is a theoretical framework which would link, coordinate, and guide administrative ethics research and practice. Without such a theoretical framework, the field will remain disjointed, often incomprehensible, and will fail to develop and progress adequately. Thus, the first objective of this book is to help lay the groundwork for a theoretical framework from which the theory and practice of ethics in public administration can be guided.

In addition to the absence of an agreed-upon theoretical framework for administrative ethics, the field has failed to take . . .

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