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More than Writing on a Wall - Evaluating the role that codes of ethics play in securing accountability of public sector decision makers

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article argues that the essential factors of a public service code of ethics can be divided

    into five categories. These categories or principles are fairness, transparency, responsibility,

    efficiency and conflict of interest. These principles are identified in this article as being the

    basic elements of democratic accountability in relation to public sector decision making.

    The issues explored are not only the obstacles that the public service decision maker faces

    in internalising these principles but also, the challenges for a pro-active management in

    fostering such internalisation.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • N. H. Kinchin, 'More than Writing on a Wall - Evaluating the role that codes of ethics play in securing accountability of public sector decision makers' (2007) 66 (1) Australian Journal of Public Administration 112-120.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947415316

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 120

Volume


  • 66

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • This article argues that the essential factors of a public service code of ethics can be divided

    into five categories. These categories or principles are fairness, transparency, responsibility,

    efficiency and conflict of interest. These principles are identified in this article as being the

    basic elements of democratic accountability in relation to public sector decision making.

    The issues explored are not only the obstacles that the public service decision maker faces

    in internalising these principles but also, the challenges for a pro-active management in

    fostering such internalisation.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • N. H. Kinchin, 'More than Writing on a Wall - Evaluating the role that codes of ethics play in securing accountability of public sector decision makers' (2007) 66 (1) Australian Journal of Public Administration 112-120.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947415316

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 120

Volume


  • 66

Issue


  • 1