Perspectives Across Frontiers
New Horizons in Public Policy series
Edited by Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalk and Carole L. Jurkiewicz
Chapter 14: Global Perspectives on Good Governance Policies and Research
Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalck and Carole L. Jurkiewicz INTRODUCTION Moral challenges have confronted every society, regardless of locale or state of industrial development. Every political institution and civil society has had to contend with questions of ethicality. The failure to eﬀectively resolve these challenges is not new. What is novel, as suggested here, is a shift in the public’s capacity and desire for scrutiny and insistence upon adherence to moral standards deﬁned by appropriate behaviors from those holding public authority and the public trust. These individuals are being held to increasingly higher standards in the past decade and this has fueled a concomitant interest in public ethics research. This chapter will reﬂect on both the practice and study of ethical governance from a global perspective. The intent is to provide an overview of common dilemmas as well as a framework for continued theory development and empirical research. First, a synopsis of the scope and breadth of current research in this area will be examined along with its impact on policy development and its beneﬁciaries will be presented. Second, a overview of what aspects of good governance comprise the focus of current research, what areas are under-analysed, and how eﬀorts should be directed in order to address these inadequacies in theory development. Further, this research will be examined within the context of practical application to countries experiencing a range of corruptive factors at all governmental levels; what does and can research do to address these...
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