Ethics and Accountability in a Context of Governance and New Public Management: EGPA Yearbook

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Annie Hondeghem, European Group of Public Administration
IOS Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 299 pages
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Ethics and accountability have become important themes for modern government, as in most of the countries there is a severe crisis of legitimacy. Increasingly there is a feeling that performance management alone will not solve this crisis. Citizens also expect from politicians and public servants ethical responsible conduct. As to the ethics, however, there is a problem. Governance and new public management have raised new problems which cannot be solved by referring to the traditional bureaucratic ethics. Devolution and decentralisation processes have enhanced the responsibility of public servants. The increase of transparency and openness and the service orientation of public organisations have challenged the traditional values of discretion and equality before the rule. The growing interaction between the public and the private sector have raised the question of integrity. In light of these developments, it is important to update the ethical system, or reversibly, the traditional values of the public service can question some actual evolutions in government.
 

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Contents

changing the mix but not the ingredients?
9
Ethics in the Public Service Current Issues and Practice Maria Maguire
23
Report of the Working Group on Responsibility Mark Bovens Andrew Massey
41
Les reformes comptables et budgetaires et la responsabilisation des agents
59
Vers une refonte du regime de la responsabilite des fonctionnaires en Belgique?
73
postmodem reflections
87
Report of the Working Group on Transparency Openness and Service
107
in the Public Sector Christoph Reichard
123
The Gatekeepers of the Common Good Power and the Public Service Ethos
162
Searching fora Set of Values in the Ethical Behaviour of the Public Sector
189
Nouvelles perspectives de la lutte contre ies conflits dinterets dans la fonction
207
Report of the Study Group on Agriculture J Chr Van Dalen
233
Report of the Study Group on Cooperation in Continuing Education Training
247
Levoiution de la contractualisation dans le secteur public depuis 1980
256
the case of transport in the UK Enid Wistrich
279
The organisation its objectives and activities
293

Barometre de qualite dans le cadre de la Charte Beige des Utilisateurs
139

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