Public administrators need to be empowered to make difficult decisions. Acting in the public interest often means doing what is ethical even when it is an unpopular choice. Yet, too often, public servants at the local, state, and federal levels internalize the notion that their hands are tied and that they are limited in their ability to effect change. Empowering Public Administrators: Ethics and Public Service Values provides a much-needed antidote to inaction, offering a new lens for viewing administrative decision-making and behavior.

This book makes a case for bringing historically significant theories to the forefront of public service ethics by applying them to a series of current ethical challenges in practice. Exploring administrative discretion as modern bureaucrats govern public affairs in a political context, this collection builds on the normative foundations of public administration and provides readers with a scaffold for understanding and practicing public service values. Questions for discussion and applications to practice are included in each chapter making this collection of interest to public affairs master’s and doctoral students as well as public service practitioners.

chapter |4 pages


part 1|80 pages

Ontology and Epistemology

chapter 1|15 pages

Ethics and Public Service Values

Ontological and Epistemic Frameworks for Study and Practice

chapter 2|24 pages

Autonomy as Public Service

chapter 3|18 pages

Call the Budget Police!

How the Public Service Values of Ontology and Epistemology Can Support Public Administrators in a Gray Budgeting Environment

part 4|74 pages

Balancing Politics and Administration

part 5|38 pages

The Hollowing of Government

chapter 15|14 pages

Gaming the System

Ethical Constraints in Implementing Co-production

chapter 16|11 pages

Sports as Mirrors

Athletes and Agenda Setting in a Hollowed-Out State

part 6|46 pages

Transparency in Reporting