Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion showcases the latest research from established and newly emerging scholars in the fields of public management and ethics. This collection examines the profound changes of the last 25 years, including the rise of New Public Management, New Public Governance and Public Value; how these have altered practitioners’ delivery of public services; and how academics think about those services.

Drawing on research from a broad range of disciplines, Ethics in Public Policy and Management looks to reflect on this changing landscape. With contributions from Asia, Australasia, Europe and the USA, the collection is grouped into five main themes:

  • theorising the practice of ethics;
  • understanding and combating corruption;
  • managing integrity;
  • ethics across boundaries;
  • expanding ethical policy domains.

This volume will prove thought-provoking for educators, administrators, policy makers and researchers across the fields of public management, public administration and ethics.

part II|52 pages

Theorizing the practice(s) of ethics

chapter 2|15 pages

A Public Ethics of Care

Bringing ethics of care into public ethics research

chapter 3|17 pages

Adding Colours to The Shades of Grey

Enriching the integrity discourse with virtue ethics concepts

chapter 4|16 pages

Discourses of Deceit

Political myth and ideological capital in public administration 1

part III|78 pages

Understanding and combating corruption

chapter 7|17 pages

Theoretical (Mis)Understanding?

Applying principal-agent and collective action theories to the problem of corruption in systemically corrupt countries

chapter 8|18 pages

The Ethics of Public Officials in the United States

Strong, bent, broken?

part IV|67 pages

Managing integrity

chapter 9|18 pages

Institutionalizing Integrity Management

Challenges and solutions in times of financial crises and austerity measures

chapter 10|16 pages

Ethical Leadership Research

Looking beyond the leader 1

part V|64 pages

Ethics across boundaries

chapter 14|18 pages

What Does Working in Public Services Mean?

Describing the public service ethos in practice

chapter 15|20 pages

Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Decision-Making

Mainland China and Hong Kong comparisons

part VI|48 pages

Expanding ethical policy domains

chapter 17|26 pages

The Undiscovered Country

Establishing an ethical paradigm for space activities in the twenty-first century

part VII|19 pages


chapter 18|17 pages

Towards a Global Ethics

Wishful thinking or a strategic necessity?