In the current United States (U.S.) context, we are facing a constitutional crisis with frequent government shutdowns and new debates surrounding immigration, climate change, budgeting practices, and the balance of power. With competing interests, unclear policy, and inconsistent leadership directives, the question becomes: How do contemporary bureaucrats make sense of this ethically turbulent environment? This collection provides a lens for viewing administrative decision-making and behavior from a constitutional basis, as contemporary bureaucrats navigate uncharted territory.

Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats is organized around three constitutional values: freedom, property, and social equity. These themes are based on emerging trends in public administration and balanced with traditional ethical models. Each chapter provides an overview of a contemporary ethical issue, identifies key actors, institutions, legal and legislative policy, and offers normative and practical recommendations to address the challenges the issue poses. Rooted in a respected and time-tested intellectual history, this volume speaks to bureaucrats in a modern era of governance. It is ideally suited to educate students, scholars, and public servants on constitutional values and legal precedent as a basis for ethics in the public sector.

chapter |8 pages


The Constitutional Tradition in Public Administration Ethics
ByLarkin Dudley, Nicole M. Elias, Amanda M. Olejarski

part I|65 pages

Freedom: Calling Health, Safety, and Financial Security into Question

chapter 1|23 pages

Civil Servants on the Front-Lines of Greenhouse Gas Regulation

The Responsibilities of Public Administrators to Protect the Public in the Face of Recalcitrant Political Institutions 1
ByMichelle C. Pautz

chapter 2|9 pages

Regime Values in Disaster Management

ByPatrick S. Roberts

chapter 3|15 pages

Advancing Administrative Ethics through Needs-Based Budgeting Practice

ByKate Preston Keeney, Michael S. Keeney

chapter 4|16 pages

Freedom v. Fairness

How Unresolved Normative Tension Contributed to the Collapse of the U.S. Housing Market in 2008—and Policymaker Inability to Reform It a Decade On
BySusan W. Gates

part II|53 pages

Property: New Forms of Property Reinvigorating Long-standing Debates

chapter 5|12 pages

Due Process and Property

What Process Is Due?
ByAmanda M. Olejarski, Sue M. Neal

chapter 6|13 pages

Property, Intellectual Property, and Ethics in Public Administration

BySara R. Jordan

chapter 7|11 pages

Privacy as a Supra-Regime Value

The Ethical Argument for a New Evolution of Regime Values to Better Protect Financial Privacy in Local Governments
ByMike Potter

chapter 8|15 pages

Property and Emerging Institutional Types

The Challenge of Private Foundations in Public Higher Education
ByKathryn E. Webb Farley

part III|71 pages

Social Equity: The New Frontier of Diversity and Inclusion

chapter 9|17 pages

Non-binary Gender Identity

Challenging Public Values and Reshaping Institutions
ByNicole M. Elias, Gwendolyn Saffran

chapter 10|17 pages

Social Equity and Voting Rights

A Shrinking Regime
BySusan T. Gooden, Brandy S. Faulkner

chapter 12|16 pages

Advancing Social Equity through Increased Access to Residential Broadband

ByDaniel Boden, Roy Kirby

chapter |5 pages


Where the Constitution Can Lead Us
ByNicole M. Elias, Amanda M. Olejarski, Sue M. Neal