The Institutionalization of Integrity in Local Government
41 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2012
Date Written: February 19, 2011
Scientific research and legal provisions offer more guidance on what regulations and instruments government organizations should apply to manage their integrity than on how they should manage integrity, although the latter is at least as important as the former. Based on interviews with integrity officials at Dutch local government organizations, this exploratory study develops a descriptive typology of different approaches to the institutionalization of integrity. The main contribution of this article is the typology which demonstrates that a “one-size-fits-all” approach does not exist. Combined with the critical elements and conditions for institutionalizing integrity, this typology can guide local authorities in making their own considered decisions in managing organizational integrity.
Keywords: ethics, integrity, institutionalization, government
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