Managing the Public Sector: A Casebook in Ethics / Edition 1

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Managing in the Public Sector gives students and instructors of public administration, leadership, human resources management, and administrative ethics nearly seventy case studies - ranging in scope and complexity - that illustrate theoretical concepts, encourage active student participation in the classroom, and bring to life the exciting work and myriad challenges real public administrators face every day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136039754
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 267,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

About the Authors xi

Introduction: A Primer on Ethics in Public Administration 1

Why Study Ethics? 1

Subjectivism 2

Cultural Relativism 3

Psychological Egoism 4

Utilitarian Theory (Teleological Ethics) 6

Duty Ethics (Deontological Ethics) 10

Virtue Ethics 12

The Moral Minimum 14

The Case Study Method 14

Chapter 1 Managing Employees 15

Case 1 Floggings Will Continue 15

Case 2 Not Paying Taxes at the IRS 16

Case 3 Cutting Loose the Dirty Dozen 19

Case 4 Eleven Months to Retirement 20

Case 5 A Competent but Slow Employee 21

Case 6 A Termination by Any Other Name 23

Chapter 2 Leading Public Organizations 27

Case 7 Gay Rights Signs on City Utility Poles 27

Case 8 Serving at the Pleasure of the City Council 28

Case 9 Office of Emergency Management Fake Press Conference 30

Case 10 Squeezing Out the Garbage Collectors 33

Case 11 The Governor's Transition Team 34

Case 12 Running the Numbers at the State Health Department 35

Chapter 3 Public Financial Management and Budgeting 38

Case 13 The Long Forgotten Raise in the Property Tax 38

Case 14 Tuition Reimbursement Program 39

Case 15 Submitting an Incomplete Financial Report 42

Case 16 Ineligible for Suggestion System Awards 43

Case 17 Free Boat for Soda Display at State Lodge 44

Case 18 Charging for Copies of Public Documents 46

Chapter 4 Managing Human Resources 48

Case 19 The Planning Director and the H R Analyst 48

Case 20 Patronage Charges against the Governor 51

Case 21 Selecting the Special Assistant to the City Council 55

Case 22 Maintaining Pay during Reduction in Force 58

Case 23 A Speed Bump on Staff 60

Case 24 The Bureaucrat's Wife 62

Chapter 5 Public Health and Welfare 65

Case 25 Pennies from Heaven 65

Case 26 Spanking the Foster Child 66

Case 27 Children Abused in State Institution 69

Case 28 Smoking at the State Health Department 70

Case 29 Prenatal Care for Illegal Immigrants 72

Case 30 Privatizing the County Hospital 74

Chapter 6 Planning and Economic Development 77

Case 31 Tourism Advertisement 77

Case 32 A Reasonable Offer 79

Case 33 Shootout at the Zoning Commission: MegaStore v. the Pharmacists 80

Case 34 Complimentary Soda Drinks for Bus Drivers 83

Case 35 The Ethanol Loan Subsidy 84

Case 36 Free Building for Titan Trout Shop 86

Chapter 7 Education Administration and Policy 88

Case 37 Changing the Grade 88

Case 38 The Superintendent's Scandal 89

Case 39 Gift Certificate for Recommendation Letter 91

Case 40 State University Football Coach and the Wayward Team 92

Case 41 Working Extra to Pay Your Own Salary 93

Case 42 Professor Dating Student 95

Chapter 8 To Protect and to Serve 97

Case 43 Rough Day in Tornado Alley 97

Case 44 Pornography and the Police Chief's Wife 98

Case 45 Nukes Travel Cross County 99

Case 46 Highway Patrol Officer Sells Benefit Tickets 100

Case 47 Cyber Terrorism 101

Case 48 Records Check 102

Chapter 9 Bureaucracy and Public Morality 104

Case 49 The Corrections Officer Selection Video 104

Case 50 Indecent Exposure and the Board of Cosmetology 106

Case 51 American General Opines on Gays 107

Case 52 Hollywood Discovery 108

Case 53 Advertisement for Topless Bar in University Newspaper 110

Chapter 10 Diversity Management 112

Case 54 Sensitivity Training and Pandora's Box 112

Case 55 The Fair Employment Practices Act 114

Case 56 Weekend Racist 118

Case 57 Accommodating a Student with a Disability 120

Case 58 Hate Speech in Confidential Course Evaluations 121

Case 59 Equal Pay Experts in a Hot Tub 122

Chapter 11 Challenges in Nonprofit Management 125

Case 60 Firefighters Get Money for Charity 125

Case 61 Ghost Worker at the Nonprofit 126

Case 62 Sharing the Donor List 128

Case 63 University President Protests Football Official's Decision 130

Case 64 The Lazy Volunteer 130

Chapter 12 Environmental Protection 133

Case 65 An Ombudsman by Any Other Name 133

Case 66 Northern Spotted Owl 134

Case 67 Funding the Frog Study 135

Case 68 Penciling in Your Own Salary 137

Case 69 Carbon Footprint of a Global Warming Activist 139

Appendix Cases Listed by Subject Areas 143

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