Value and Virtue in Public Administration
A Comparative Perspective
Edited by Michiel S. De Vries and Pan Suk Kim
This is a product of the IIAS’s Working Group on Value and Virtue in Public Administration. The aim of this book is to clarify the ground on which public service scholars, practitioners and advisers stand in relation to values and virtues in public administration. It explores assumptions, the unspoken and unexamined things that are taken for granted in the field of serving the public good. Accordingly, Value and Virtue in Public Administration gives an account of the recent developments and progress in public sector management and public service. It describes the progress made in the discipline of public administration, in theories related to public administration and in the practice of public administration in tackling the questions surrounding values and virtues. These trends, descriptions, theories and comparisons make it possible to answer the question of how administrative ethics vary and what this variance depends upon. Featuring contributions from scholars in several different disciplines and in-depth case studies, the book concludes that under New Public Management instrumental values and consequential ethics have become dominant and more fundamental values have been neglected.
EDITORS are Michiel S. de Vries and Pan Suk Kim. Michiel S. de Vries is Chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Pan Suk Kim is an Underwood Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and the Director of the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) at Yonsei University in South Korea.