Management, Organisation, and Ethics in the Public Sector (Law, Ethics and Governance Series)

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Over the past two decades in Australia and other developed nations, public sector management philosophies and how the public sector is organised have changed dramatically. At the same time, there have been many demands, and several attempts, to preserve and promote ethical behaviour within the public sector - though few go much beyond the publication of a Code. Both developments require an understanding of how public organisations operate in this new environment. Organisational and management theory are seen as providing important potential insights into the opportunities and pitfalls for building ethics into the practices, culture, and norms of public organisations. This book brings together the experience and research of a range of 'reflective practitioners' and 'engaged academics' in public sector management, organisational theory, management theory, public sector ethics and law. It addresses what management and organisation theory might suggest about the nature of public organisations and the institutionalisation of ethics.

About the Author:
About the Editors: Patrick Bishop, Dr, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Research Fellow, Carmel Connors, Research Assistant and Charles Sampford, Professor and Director, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754622802
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Law, Ethics and Governance
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 3.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors and Editors
1 The New Public Sector: Changing Management, Organisation, and Ethics 3
2 Ethics in a Changing State - Problems and Opportunities 19
3 Great Expectations - But Whose? Stakeholder Theory and its Implications for Ethical Behaviour in Public Organisations 43
4 The Hubris of Principle: What Organisational Theory and Neurophysiology Reveal about the Limits of Ethical Principles as Guides to Responsible Action 67
5 The Good, the Bad, and the Impossible: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Discourse of Ethics 85
6 The Matrix of Integrity: Is it Possible to Shift the Emphasis from Compliance to Responsibility in Changing Contexts? - Lessons from the United Kingdom 101
7 Just Rhetoric? Exploring the Language of Leadership 123
8 Bureaucracy, Power, and Ethics 145
9 The Challenge of Justice and Caring for the Organisation of the School 161
10 Ethics in the Public Sector: Listening to the Voices of Women Executives 179
11 Isolated Agents 201
12 Creating or Maintaining an Ethical, Effective Public Organisation 219
13 The Three Frames and Ethics - An Education Queensland Perspective 237
14 Public Integrity Capacity, Management Theory, and Organisational Theory 255
Index 281
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