- the oxford handbooks of American Politics
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- About the Contributors
- A Heritage Made Our Own
- Historical Institutionalism, Political Development, and the Study of American Bureaucracy
- The “First New Federalism” and the Development of the Administrative State, 1883–1929
- A Gendered Legacy?: The Progressive Reform Era Revisited
- Reevaluating Executive‐Centered Public Administrative Theory
- Metaphors and the Development of American Bureaucracy
- Herbert Hoover's Revenge: Politics, Policy, and Administrative Reform Movements
- Agency Theory and the Bureaucracy
- Agency Design and Evolution
- Goal Ambiguity and the Study of American Bureaucracy
- Street‐Level Bureaucracy Theory
- The Promises and Paradoxes of Performance‐Based Bureaucracy
- Leading Through Cultural Change
- Postmodernism, Bureaucracy, and Democracy
- Myths, Markets, and the <i>Visible Hand</i> of American Bureaucracy
- Networking in the Shadow of Bureaucracy
- The Promises, Performance, and Pitfalls of Government Contracting
- Reluctant Partners?: Nonprofit Collaboration, Social Entrepreneurship, and Leveraged Volunteerism
- Policy Tools, Mandates, and Intergovernmental Relations
- Promises, Perils, and Performance of Netcentric Bureaucracy
- Multilevel Methods in the Study of Bureaucracy
- Legislative Delegation of Authority to Bureaucratic Agencies
- “Presidentializing” the Bureaucracy
- Bureaucracy, Democracy, and Judicial Review
- Interest Groups, Rulemaking, and American Bureaucracy
- Policymaking, Bureaucratic Discretion, and Overhead Democracy
- Choice‐Theoretic Approaches to Bureaucratic Structure
- Has Governance Eclipsed Government?
- Revitalizing Human Resources Management
- Representative Bureaucracy
- Innovations in Budgeting and Financial Management
- The Prospects for Revitalizing Ethics in a New Governance Era
- Experimental Methods, Agency Incentives, and the Study of Bureaucratic Behavior
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article starts by describing public service ethics within the general context of ethics itself and how the dominant culture of technical rationality in the United States has contributed to the disconnection between ethical theory and ethical practice in American bureaucracy. Professionalism appears to be a source of ethical standards for organizational practice. It then describes how and why the decline of the nation state and the rise of the market state have helped to exacerbate this disconnection, most especially by adding economic rationality to the ethical limitations afforded by technical rationality. A review of public service ethics in the nation state offers a mixed picture at best, one contributing perhaps to both the rise and fall of the nation state. Next, the article shows the complicity of academic research in perpetuating the ethical theory/ethical practice disconnection by marginalizing the study of public service ethics.
Guy B. Adams is Professor of Public Affairs in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.
Danny L. Balfour is Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public and Nonprofit Administration at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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