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Ethics, Government, and Public Policy: A Reference Guide
     

Ethics, Government, and Public Policy: A Reference Guide

by James S. Bowman (Editor), Frederick A. Elliston (Editor)
 

[T]his is much more than a conventional reference guide. The 12 carefully written chapters examine significant issues and contemporary views of many of the basic problems in the field. Topics are approaches to the study of ethics in government, ethical dilemmas and standards for public officials, techniques for incorporating ethical considerations in policy-making,

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[T]his is much more than a conventional reference guide. The 12 carefully written chapters examine significant issues and contemporary views of many of the basic problems in the field. Topics are approaches to the study of ethics in government, ethical dilemmas and standards for public officials, techniques for incorporating ethical considerations in policy-making, and several substantive problems—professional ethics, the ethical use of quantitative analysis, several forms of corruption, and morality in foreign policy-making. The volume assimilates most of the contemporary literature, presents a number of interesting cases, and is ideally suited as a text for upper-division or graduate courses in public administration and public policy. . . . an essential item in any collection that deals with the subject of ethics and public policy. Choice

Although democracy in the United States was founded upon ethical principles that Americans continue to hold sacrosanct, these values are seldom explicitly heeded in the policy-making processes that affect the destiny of the country and its citizens. With the professionalization of public administration during the past one-hundred years, managerial efficiency and scientific methods have been promoted at the expense of both ethics and politics. In this important new work, a distinguished group of social scientists, management scholars, attorneys, and philosophers explores the implications of neglecting these vital concerns. The authors focus on the difficult questions facing policymakers, administrators, and elected officials and suggest approaches to reconciling bureaucratic necessity with democratic values.

The first part of the volume examines contemporary ethical perspectives and establishes a framework for analysis. The moral dilemmas faced by public servants and the ethical standards governing the conduct of legislators are considered next. Chapters devoted to the techniques and methods of ethical policy-making discuss such issues as risk analysis, negotiation of rules and standards, the ombudsman in conflict resolution, and equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation. Chapters exploring systemic issues include professionalism in politics and administration; quantitative analysis in decision-making; waste, fraud, and abuse in government; and morality in the making of foreign policy. The volume concludes with an overview of ethics and public policy from a comparative perspective. Addressing the fundamental ethical relations between organizational authority and public employees, this unique new study is pertinent to many of the most pressing problems of our time. It will be of interest to scholars, students, practitioners, and other readers concerned with public administration, public policy, ethics in government, and professional ethics.

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Twelve contributions focus on questions facing policymakers, administrators, and elected officials and suggest approaches to reconciling bureaucratic necessity with democratic values. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313251924
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/18/1988
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JAMES S. BOWMAN is Professor of Public Administration at Florida State University. Bowman is the contributing editor of Essentials of Management: Ethical Values, Attitudes, and Actions and Professional Dissent. He is a member of the editorial board of Public Administration Quarterly, the Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Public Productivity Review. Bowman has been a National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Faculty Fellow as well as Kellogg Foundation Fellow.

FREDERICK A. ELLISTON was, at the time of his death in 1987, a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii. The author of numerous books and articles, his most recent works were Moral Issues in Public Work, Whistleblowing, Conflicting Loyalities in the Workplace, and Ethics and the Legal Profession.

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