Integrity Systems at Work- Theoretical and Empirical Foundations

Abstract

There seems to be a growing consensus, both in the academic public administration literature (see e.g. Hondeghem (1998) and Cooper (2001)) and in the more practice oriented literature (see e.g. OECD (2000; 1996)), that a significant shift in public sector ethical standards is taking place in all OECD countries. Multiple explanations have been put forward to account for these changes. Many of them focus on the trend of "New Public Management" reforms that aimed to introduce private sector management techniques in the public sector and, as such, supposedly transformed the values of civil servants. Other explanations include broader changes in society, such as the increasingly critical and assertive attitude of citizens (that puts pressure on the traditional ethics of civil servants) and a more general shift in all types of societal governance. Whether the change in ethical standards is real or not, the interest in the topic is visibly increasing. International organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, the UN, but also the international non profit organization 'Transparency International' (TI) and the European Union have launched initiatives to curb national and transnational corruption and to foster integrity and high standards in the public sector. Simultaneously or in reaction to these international initiatives, many countries have introduced anticorruption and ethics management measures. 1 In Africa, Latin America and the transitional countries of the former Soviet Union, the emphasis was mainly on fighting blatant

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@inproceedings{Behnke2017IntegritySA, title={Integrity Systems at Work- Theoretical and Empirical Foundations}, author={Nathalie Behnke and FernUniversitat Hagen and Jeroen Maesschalck}, year={2017} }