Taking Tough Choices Seriously: Public Administration and Individual Moral Agency

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Ciarán O'Kelly

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Melvin Dubnick

University of New Hampshire

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

Using the concepts of thick and thin relationships as the basis for ethical behavior, this paper critiques the emphasis on discretion in the mainstream administrative ethics literature and argues that moral and other dilemmas facing public administrators provide a more useful frame. Two examples drawn from the UK Hutton Investigation into the death of David Kelly are used to demonstrate the relevance and usefulness of this approach.

Suggested Citation

O'Kelly, Ciarán and Dubnick, Melvin, Taking Tough Choices Seriously: Public Administration and Individual Moral Agency (July 2006). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 393-415, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1096966 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mui050

Ciarán O'Kelly (Contact Author)

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Melvin Dubnick

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