The Profession of Public Administration: An Ethics Edge in Introductory Textbooks?
Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2002
2001 by the American Society for PublicAdministration
Public Administration Review
Volume 61, Issue 2, pages 194–205, March/April 2001
How to Cite
Bowman, J. S., Berman, E. M. and West, J. P. (2001), The Profession of Public Administration: An Ethics Edge in Introductory Textbooks?. Public Administration Review, 61: 194–205. doi: 10.1111/0033-3352.00022
- Issue online: 17 DEC 2002
- Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2002
Given the substantial interest in public service ethics, this study examines its foundations as reflected in paradigmatic textbooks—a unit of analysis that informs both theory and practice in the field. The interpretative framework employed evaluates the context (the amount and placement of the topic, the use of graphics, and sources cited) as well as the content (conceptualization of management ethics and inclusion of implementation issues) of ethics found in the publications. A limited definition of a professional—one in possession of largely technical skills—is reflected in the textbooks. The implications of the findings are explored.