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Ethics and Integrity of Governance

Ethics and Integrity of Governance

Perspectives Across Frontiers

New Horizons in Public Policy series

Edited by Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalk and Carole L. Jurkiewicz

This book provides critical, up-to-date reviews on the field of ethics and integrity of governance, along with fresh future perspectives. Focusing on Europe and the US, it addresses the key dimensions of public service values, the integrity and rationality of governance, ethics management, and the ethics of governance politics. In each of these four areas, leading international scholars tackle the main issues and controversies facing the world today. The final chapter synthesizes these views and provides an ambitious and critical outline for future work in the field of ethics and integrity of governance. Emanating from the much heralded ‘transatlantic dialogue’, this study integrates both the European and American perspectives into a common voice for action.


John A. Rohr

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, politics and public policy, leadership, public policy, regulation and governance


John A. Rohr It was with considerable pleasure that I accepted the kind invitation from the editors of this book to write its preface. My pleasure was doubled by the fact that I had delivered the keynote address at the opening session of the Leuven conference on ‘Ethics and integrity of governance: perspectives across frontiers’, from which this volume springs. The chapters in this book are always instructive and at times profound. Despite their many merits, however, they cannot recreate the authentic spirit of international enthusiasm that permeated the conference itself, with its host of scholars from no less than a dozen nations. The Leuven conference was one of those all-too-rare ‘magic moments’ in academic life when staid, somber, serious professors set aside their normal reserve and reveal their expertise in a subject with passion to people who really care about what they are thinking. It would be unfair to ask the fine contributors to this volume to recreate that magic moment in early June 2005. All the props are gone, from the chatty coffee breaks, to the remarkably efficient support staff, to the lovely, old city of Leuven itself. And yet Scriptum manet – the written words remain, as the old Romans told us. This is true, of course, but its obvious truth misses a subtler and more interesting one. To assert that the written word, including the words written in this book, simply remain ignores the dynamic character of writing. The written word does not remain in...