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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.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalck and Carole L. Jurkiewicz

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


Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalck and Carole L. Jurkiewicz While the media and organizational discussions around the globe have been abuzz with talk of public sector ethics, academic research in the field was, until very recently, dominated primarily by American researchers focusing primarily on American topics. This is of no surprise given that it is only in the US that public sector or administrative ethics has developed as a separate discipline and area of study within public administration. Consequently, the vast majority of textbooks, courses, journals, and professional networks are US-based and reflect the American culture. Yet, this has changed recently as the debates on public sector ethics across the globe have also generated academic interest outside the US. This book represents these changes. Born from presentations delivered at the first ‘Transatlantic Dialogue on Ethics and Integrity of Governance’, held at the Public Management Institute of the University of Leuven in Belgium in June 2005, the chapters in this book represent a milestone. The conference was jointly organized by European and American networks (the Study Group on Ethics and Integrity of Governance of the European Group of Public Administration and the Section on Ethics of the American Society of Public Administration, respectively), representing transatlantic dialogue in the truest sense. It is a dialogue of balance, integration, perspective and, ultimately, demonstrates an abiding respect for perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic. A peer-reviewed selection from amongst those myriad voices is presented in this book, challenging current suppositions, confirming...