The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Adminstrative Role / Edition 5by Terry L. Cooper
Pub. Date: 08/11/2006
Those who serve the public trust must take special care to ensure they make ethical and responsible decisions. Yet the realities of bureaucracies, deadlines, budgets, and demands for quick results make the payoffs for dealing formally with ethics seem unclear. Since its original publication, The Responsible Administrator has guided professionals and students alike as they grapple with the challenges of making ethical, responsible decisions in real world situations.
This new edition includes information on coping with new demands for accountability, as well as new cases and examples, an examination of current issues relevant to administrative ethics, and supplementary materials for professors.
Cooper’s theoretical framework and practical applications and techniques will help you consider all of the factors involved in a decision, ensuring that you balance professional, personal, and organizational values. Case studies and examples illustrate what works and what does not. The Responsible Administrator helps both experienced and novice public administrators and students become effective decision makers, provides them with a solid understanding of the role of ethics in public service and the framework to incorporate ethical and values-based decision making in day-to-day management.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Fifth Edition.
2 Understanding Ethical Decision Making.
Part One: Ethics for Individual Administrators.
3 Public Administration in Modern and Postmodern Society: The Context of Administrative Ethics.
4 Administrative Responsibility: The Key to Administrative Ethics.
5 Conflicts of Responsibility: The Ethical Dilemma.
Part Two: Ethics in the Organization.
6 Maintaining Responsible Conduct in Public Organizations: Two Approaches.
7 Integrating Ethics with Organizational Norms and Structures.
8 Safeguarding Ethical Autonomy in Organizations: Dealing with Unethical Superiors and Organizations.
Part Three: The Design Approach.
9 Applying the Design Approach to Public Administration Ethics.
10 Conclusion: Responsible Administration.
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