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 I|13 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

The Scope and Scale of Ethics in Public Policy and Management

ByAlan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal, Leo Huberts

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
ByHelena Olofsdotter Stensöta

chapter 3|17 pages

Adding Colours to The Shades of Grey

Enriching the integrity discourse with virtue ethics concepts
ByMarcel Becker, Jitse Talsma

chapter 4|16 pages

Discourses of Deceit

Political myth and ideological capital in public administration 1
ByMichael Macaulay

part III|78 pages

Understanding and combating corruption

chapter 5|18 pages

History, Public Ethics and the Anti-Corruption Industry

ByToon Kerkhoff, Pieter Wagenaar

chapter 6|21 pages

Building Integrity in Public-Sector Operations

ByOlivia Monaghan, Adam Graycar

chapter 7|17 pages

Theoretical (Mis)Understanding?

Applying principal-agent and collective action theories to the problem of corruption in systemically corrupt countries
ByCaryn Peiffer, Heather Marquette

chapter 8|18 pages

The Ethics of Public Officials in the United States

Strong, bent, broken?
ByDonald C. Menzel

part IV|67 pages

Managing integrity

chapter 9|18 pages

Institutionalizing Integrity Management

Challenges and solutions in times of financial crises and austerity measures
ByAlain Hoekstra

chapter 10|16 pages

Ethical Leadership Research

Looking beyond the leader 1
ByLeonie Heres

chapter 11|16 pages

The Limits of Rule Governance

ByPaul M. Heywood, Jonathan Rose

chapter 12|15 pages

Researching and Improving The Effectiveness of Ethics Training

ByJeroen Maesschalck, Annelies De Schrijver

part V|64 pages

Ethics across boundaries

chapter 13|23 pages

Public Service Motivation in a Complex Public Sector

ByAlan Lawton, Julie Rayner

chapter 14|18 pages

What Does Working in Public Services Mean?

Describing the public service ethos in practice
BySteven Parker

chapter 15|20 pages

Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Decision-Making

Mainland China and Hong Kong comparisons
ByTing Gong, Ian Scott

part VI|48 pages

Expanding ethical policy domains

chapter 16|20 pages

Ethical Decisions and the Great Moral Challenge of our Time

ByKen Coghill

chapter 17|26 pages

The Undiscovered Country

Establishing an ethical paradigm for space activities in the twenty-first century
ByChristopher J. Newman

part VII|19 pages


chapter 18|17 pages

Towards a Global Ethics

Wishful thinking or a strategic necessity?
ByAlan Lawton, Leo Huberts, Zeger van der Wal