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Ethics in the Public Service


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Introduction 1. Ethical Theory in Public Administration 2. The Normative Paradox in Contemporary Public Administration Theory 3. A Review of Absolutist Theories 4. The Unification of Ethical Theories 5. Ethical Unity in Public Administration. Epilogue

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A richly historical and carefully written treatment of ethics in public administration. It is an important contribution to our understanding of ethical and moral issues. -- George Frederickson, University of Kansas A carefully developed program for what might be called interactive ethics, a way of enriching moral action by bringing philosophical perspective and concrete public problems into perpetual communication. -- Joe E. Barnhart, University of North Texas

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Charles Garofalo is an associate professor of political science and Dean Geuras is a professor of philosophy, both at Southwest Texas State University.


This well-written and lucid book develops an integrated moral philosophy for public administration ... their approach constitutes a unified moral perspective ... incorporating their concept of moral agency with the view that US administrative agencies generally seek to accomplish legitimately defined concepts of the public interest ... Garofalo and Geuras ... brilliantly sketch the normative basis for doing so. Required reading for serious students of public administration. Choice

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