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Ethical Dimensions of Administrative Power

Ethical Dimensions of Administrative Power

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August 2021 | 288 pages | SAGE Texts
This insightful textbook explores the use and application of ethics in contemporary governance and suggests necessary reforms

Discussions on administrative ethics need an interdisciplinary approach involving the fields of political science, law, economics, sociology, management and philosophy. Combining the perspectives from these fields, this textbook analyses their applicability and usefulness in everyday practices in governance, covering its five cardinal virtues—prudence, transparency, discourse, justice and accountability. 

The textbook highlights ethical challenges in aspects of status recognition, oppression, empowerment, social care, public financing, environment protection and others in today’s interconnected world. It delves into the dynamics of administrative power in democracies and showcases how the misuse of power can be controlled through a discourse of ethics in law and governance.

Key Features:

• Practical insights and examples from around the world to connect the younger generation with the role of ethics in administration and governance

• Plethora of teaching–learning tools such as illustrative case studies, notes on administrative thinkers, glossary of key concepts and select reading list

• Chapters aided by study questions for self-assessment, appendices on key documents used in governance ethics and a list of landmark instances in administrative history

Introductory Remarks on Power and Ethics in Administration
Prudence in Administrative Ethics
Ethics of Transparency in Governance
Ethics of Discourse in Organized Life
Justice as an Institutional Virtue
Accountabilities of Human and Institutional Conduct
Appendix A. Governance Ethics: Key Documents
Appendix B. Landmarks in Administrative History since 1919
Appendix C. Professional Ethics: Foundations and Emerging Concerns
Appendix D. Deviance and Crimes within Systems
Concluding Note
Study Questions


“The Book brings a new dimension in the field of Public Administration. So far there has been no remarkable work in the area of Ethical dimensions of the subject. Traditional administrative theories are mostly indifferent to the issue of ethics and human values. The classical thinkers of Public Administration left very little emphasis of the role of ethics and human values in administrative behaviour. As a result, the study of classical Public Administration remained mechanical in character. It is very recently that few authors like the instant have laid effort to bring the issue of ethics in the forefront and fill the vacuum in the discipline.

The book is suitable for both the students of Graduate, Post-Graduate studies as well as for the teaching faculties of different related and relevant courses in different institutions.”

Prof. Kanak Chandra Sarkar
Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Prudence in Administrative Ethics

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ISBN: 9789391370008