Ethics in the Public Service: The Moral Mind at Work
by Charles Garofalo;Dean Geuras (9780878407378)

Ethics in the Public Service: The Moral Mind at Work
 
Charles Garofalo;Dean Geuras
Release Date: 15 September 1999
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 208
Category: Political Science
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9780878407378
ISBN-10: 0878407375



Serving the public interest with integrity requires a moral perspective that can rise above the day-to-day pressures of the job. This book integrates Western philosophy's most significant ethical theories and merges them with public administration theory to provide public administrators with an explicit moral foundation for ethical decision making.

"Ethics in the Public Service" reviews moral thought through the ages, from Plato to Rorty, and makes the philosophies of the more difficult thinkers accessible to both students and practitioners. Unifying seemingly disparate ethical positions, including those of Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, the authors defend the idea of objective moral truth and critique subjectivist views, refuting postmodernism and ethical relativism. Using their integrated objective approach, they tackle such dichotomies in public administration theory as bureaucracy vs. democracy, and they also examine a case study in an administrative setting.

Offering a better understanding of moral dilemmas rather than a formula, this book presents scholars and practitioners with a framework that is both objective and flexible, theoretical and practical. This original synthesis provides scholars and practitioners with a comprehensive basis for administrative thought and action.

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