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Handbook of Public Administration, 3rd Edition by James L. Perry, Robert K. Christensen

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Chapter 32Embracing Ethical Principles for Public Action

Brian N. Williams

What does it mean to be a member of the public administration profession? To whom should these members be accountable? How do public administrators best facilitate consistent ethical action? These questions are salient, especially when considering the politics of the administrative process, the resulting difficulties of embracing ethical principles, and the problem of consistent ethical action as evidenced by the ethical lapses and failures of governmental entities like the US Federal Emergency Management Agency during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Columbia shuttle disaster. Consistent ethical action continues ...

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