Changing Public Sector Values by Montgomery Van Wart

By Montgomery Van Wart

First released in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Maybe;' Bureaucrat (Spring 1991), p. 6. Gortner, Ope cit. Joel L. Fleishman, Lance Liebman, and Mark H. Moore, Public Duties: The Moral Obligations of Government Officials (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981), p. x. Walter L. Balk, "Productivity Improvement in Government Agencies: An Ethical Perspective;' Policy Studies Review 4, no. 3 (1985), p. 482. Dobel, Ope cit. , p. 37. , p. 4l. , p. 16. , p. 12. Richard C. Box, "The Administrator As Trustee of the Public Interest: Normative Ideals and Daily Practice;' Administration and Society 24, no.

Most modern schools of thought have brought new attention to the upper thresholds of individual values, both in terms of emphasis and expansion. "4 In addition, the swelling popular debate about increased individual responsibility and higher personal standards is likely to have a major effect on public administration. 5 A similar belief arises from the postmodernists, a philosophical school based on existential and phenomenological beliefs about the inescapability of personal responsibility and the imperative for genuine discourse in a world increasingly splintered into smaller interests and one in which language itself has been much debased.

But how is this integrity to be exercised when there are competing values? Or more specifically, when and to what degree should personal interests and values playa role in difficult decisions? "19 People with integrity generally have lives that are complete and that are characterized by harmony within the various aspects of their lives and among their beliefs and actions. Such people practice what they preach, and are unlikely to change what they believe and do for temporary convenience. Integrity for public servants brings an unusually weighty responsibility, then, because acceptance of CHAPTER 1: FIVE VALUE SOURCES IN PUBLIC SECTOR DECISIONMAKING 9 public employment implies active acceptance of the civic principles that society generally endorses.

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