Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration
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Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration

Edited by Adam Graycar

This timely Handbook unpacks the underlying common factors that give rise to corrupting environments. Investigating opportunities to deliver ethical public policy, it explores global trends in public administration and its vulnerability to corruption today, as well as proposing strategies for building integrity and diminishing corruption in public sectors around the globe.
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Chapter 4: Virtue and morality in public administration: values-driven leadership in public-sector agencies

Michael Macaulay


This chapter looks at the twin concepts of values and virtues; and uses the lens of corruption to show how and when they intersect. It outlines some classic ideas on values-based leadership and then moves on to a discussion on how virtue has been cast and recast in public use. It will argue that although the idea of virtue may seem somewhat old-fashioned, perhaps even quaint, it is a very common form of public discourse around corruption. The chapter will then offer two recent empirical case studies on values-driven leadership from the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand public service. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the dark side of the value-virtue nexus in political debate, touching on the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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