Power and the Ethics of Reform


In this paper we approach administrative ethics as a problem of power. We address the complex interplay of instrumental and moralist concerns as they are brought to bear on administration through the language of ethics. We approach ethics less as a guide for individuals or as a tool for managers and more as one component in the unending struggle to define, shape and wield the institutional purpose towards particular ends. These ends, we hold, emerge in turn from a combination of normative and instrumental concerns and are fundamental in shaping our lives as administrators and indeed as moral persons within our roles.

in HG Frederickson and RK Ghere (eds) (2013): Ethics in Public Management (2nd ed), New York: Routledge.