Encouraging Ethics and Preventing Corruption brings theory and practice together in addressing the question: How are we to be ethical in public life and through public institutions?
It is a major contribution to public sector ethics within Australia and internationally because it provides an exhaustive analysis of reform across a decade in one jurisdiction, Queensland, and then proceeds to itemise a best practice integrity system or ethics regime. Drawing on the extensive research of two of Australia’s leading practical ethicists, this text is essential reading for all students and practitioners of applied and professional ethics in the public sphere.
Part A of the text provides a preferred theoretical and conceptual framework which both justifies and guides the development of a public sector ethics regime.
Part B examines the place of the individual within a world of institutional ethics.
Part C outlines the Queensland governance reforms introduced since 1989 following the Fitzgerald Inquiry which exposed corruption in the police and ministry. The final chapter, the ‘Epilogue’, gathers the insights of earlier chapters and suggests a more explicitly ethics-centred approach to governance reform that may take us ‘beyond best practice’.
Clearly, while it is the Australian context we have in mind, we are confident that this is a text which addresses the quest for integrity and ethics in government wherever society is committed to social and liberal democratic ideals.