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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 9: A Paradigmatic Shift in Ethics and Integrity Management within the Dutch Public Sector? Beyond Compliance – A Practitioner’s View

Alain Hoekstra, Alex Belling and Eli van der Heide

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


9. A paradigmatic shift in ethics and integrity management within the Dutch public sector? Beyond compliance – a practitioners’ view Alain Hoekstra, Alex Belling and Eli van der Heide INTRODUCTION The chapter focuses on the development of ethics and integrity management within the Dutch public sector. In the next section we describe, from a practitioners’ point of view, how integrity became an important issue in the Netherlands in the early 1990s and its subsequent development. The following section presents a policy analysis and a theoretical framework, which brings us to the conclusion that Dutch integrity policy has mainly been dominated by what is known as the compliance-based approach. This approach is based on the prevention of fraud and corruption by formulating rules and regulations, whereby monitoring and punishing wrongdoers encourages compliance with standards. Possible factors that contribute to the predominance of that specific approach are identified. The next section describes which developments and trends emphasize the necessity to move beyond compliance towards a more values-based approach, focused on stimulating civil servants to act according to collectively defined organizational core values, strengthening (moral) competence, and creating a culture of shared responsibilities. The following section describes the first steps that have been taken regarding this challenging task in the Netherlands. The last section addresses the relationship between integrity and Human Resource Management via the concepts of good employeeship and good employership. The chapter does not pretend to provide clear-cut answers as to how organizations can arrive at a viable (more)...

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