International Public Management Network (IPMN)

Vol. 8, No. 2

CANADA'S UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD OF PUBLIC-SECTOR ETHICS
CODES OF CONDUCT FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN EUROPE: COMMON LABEL, DIVERGENT PURPOSES
COMPARING SYSTEMS OF ETHICS REGULATION
ETHICAL POLITICAL CONDUCT AND FIDELITY TO THE DEMOCRATIC ETHOS
JUNE PALLOT AWARD FOR BEST ARTICLE IN THE
     INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, VOLUME 7
JUNE PALLOT: A VOICE OF REASON
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
MANAGERIAL LEADERSHIP AND THE ETHICAL IMPORTANCE OF LEGACY
PATH DEPENDENCE AND SELF-REINFORCING PROCESSES IN THE REGULATION OF ETHICS IN POLITICS: TOWARD A
     FRAMEWORK FOR COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS FOR POLITICIANS?
REVIEW ESSAY: BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE by Jerry L. McCaffery and L.R. Jones
     BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT by Jerry L. McCaffery and L.R. Jones 
THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ETHICS LAWS
VALEDICTORY EDITORIAL

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VALEDICTORY EDITORIAL VALEDICTORY EDITORIAL

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FRED THOMPSON

THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ETHICS LAWS THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ETHICS LAWS

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BETH A. ROSENSON

This article assesses the impact of ethics laws at the state level in the U.S., focusing on laws that apply specifically to one category of public officials: legislators. I first discuss the positive contribution of ethics laws to the functioning of democratic government. I then turn to the costs of the laws, which are often subtle and counterintuitive. The discussion of the costs of ethics laws draws on a growing body of empirical evidence, and highlights the ways that legislation can have unintended and undesirable consequences.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS FOR POLITICIANS? PROFESSIONAL ETHICS FOR POLITICIANS?

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JOHN UHR

Democracies typically impose onerous regulation on the conduct of bureaucratic officials and remarkably light regulation of the conduct of elected officials. The traditional presumption was that politicians should be allowed to self- regulate. In many democratic regimes, politicians have shown themselves unable to carry this burden of public trust. As a result, political ethics is regulated from a perspective of public distrust, associated with fears of political corruption. Despite my personal reservations about professional ethics models (recorded here by reference to recent fictional work of novelist J.M.Coetzee), I revive a trust-based perspective to make a case for a regime of self-regulation for democratic politicians, based on a democratic hope that politicians can be trusted to act as responsible professionals.

PATH DEPENDENCE AND SELF-REINFORCING PROCESSES IN THE REGULATION OF ETHICS IN POLITICS: TOWARD A FRA PATH DEPENDENCE AND SELF-REINFORCING PROCESSES IN THE REGULATION OF ETHICS IN POLITICS: TOWARD A FRA

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DENIS SAINT-MARTIN

In some countries, concerns over the erosion of public trust have led legislatures to introduce some form of independent element in their arrangements for regulating political ethics, while legislators in other countries are refusing to make similar changes even if they also face severe problems of declining confidence in politics. Why? To explain these differences, this article explores the fruitfulness of historical- institutionalist approaches, and of path dependence in particular. It suggests that ethics regulation processes are self-reinforcing over time, leading to more rules that are still enforced through self-regulation mechanisms (the no-change scenario, as in the U.S.) or to path-shifting changes where legislatures, hoping to break the ethics inflationary cycle, opt for a more depoliticized form of ethics regulation (as in the UK and Canada).

MANAGERIAL LEADERSHIP AND THE ETHICAL IMPORTANCE OF LEGACY MANAGERIAL LEADERSHIP AND THE ETHICAL IMPORTANCE OF LEGACY

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J. PATRICK DOBEL

A good theory of public trust should unite personal integrity, moral commitments, legal authority, and accountability and effectiveness. This article presents leaving a legacy as an approach to organize managers’ and leaders’ reflection. This approach unites personal search for meaning with an organizational focus on mission. It connects the individual’s preoccupation with self-worth and significance with organizational results. It embeds leaders in an historical setting, linking their inheritance from the past and their obligations to the future. Finally, thinking of a legacy can guide individuals to a less controlling leadership style, supporting people and institutions capable of adaptation and growth. While legacy does not capture all aspects of managerial leadership, it maps a broad and rich understanding of leadership and individuality linked to trusteeship. Legacy unites many of the best aspects of the most common normative explanations of trusteeship.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR   LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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STEVEN KELMAN

JUNE PALLOT: A VOICE OF REASON JUNE PALLOT: A VOICE OF REASON

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SUSAN NEWBERRY

This article commences with an outline of June Pallot’s career, during which she took part in New Zealand’s public sector financial management reforms. Her interest in public sector financial management issues preceded 1984, the year New Zealand commenced an extreme and rapid period of economic and public sector reforms (see, for example, Pallot and Clarke 1981; Hutton and Pallot 1982), and continued until her death. The second part of the article identifies themes in the work June regarded as her most significant. June Pallot’s death from cancer on 5 November 2004 at the age of fifty-one is a great loss to the academic world. Her research on public sector financial management, and New Zealand’s public sector financial management reforms in particular, was both prodigious and insightful. June Pallot had a vibrant personality, a great sense of humor, she supported and cared for others, and she always exhibited graciousness and optimism. Beyond recognizing her professional accomplishments, for many, June’s death is also the loss of a dear friend.

ETHICAL POLITICAL CONDUCT AND FIDELITY TO THE DEMOCRATIC ETHOS ETHICAL POLITICAL CONDUCT AND FIDELITY TO THE DEMOCRATIC ETHOS

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COLIN M. MACLEOD

Ethical conduct by politicians involves more than respect for the law and adherence to rules governing conflicts of interest. It displays fidelity to a democratic ethos. In this article, I provide a characterization of the democratic ethos and sketch its connection to recent work in democratic theory. Second, I describe the sort of fidelity to the democratic ethos that is a condition of ethical conduct by politicians. Third, I suggest a mechanism through which greater adherence to a suitable version of the democratic ethos might be achieved.

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