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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 7: The Swiss Federal Administration in the Context of Downsizing: Public Servants’ Perception about their Work Environment and Ethical Issues

Yves Emery and Carole Wyser

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


Yves Emery and Carole Wyser To tell public servants that they are highly valued at the same time as many of them are being ‘let go’ may strike at least part of the audience as ironic, or worse. Pollitt and Bouckaert (2004: 172) INTRODUCTION Long inspired by the Weberian ideal-type (Weber, 1971), the management of public organizations has undergone a profound transformation, notably through the development of new public management (NPM) (Pollitt and Boukaert, 2003). The changes that have taken place since the early 1980s are so profound that the foundations of the bureaucratic model are being completely redefined, leading many analysts to speak of a change of paradigm. In many OECD countries (PUMA, 2001; Reichard, 2002; Bossaert, 2005), the traditional conditions of civil service employment have been fundamentally challenged by the application of new public management principles: the abolition of the ‘status’ of public servants, the introduction of practices geared towards performance and new organizational values emphasizing quality, competitiveness and public entrepreneurialism (du Gay, 2000; Emery, 2000). In this new environment, which one might call post-civil service (Emery and Giauque, 2005), the added introduction of downsizing programmes makes it difficult for employees to cope with the daily workload. All these changes have a significant impact on the staff, and are likely to lead to various ethical problems. However, there have been very few studies looking at these dynamics (Knudson et al., 2003). There lies the main interest of this contribution. 101 102 Integrity, rationality and e...

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