Taking Tough Choices Seriously: Public Administration and Individual Moral Agency
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 andother 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.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
O’Kelly, C. and Dubnick, M. J. (2006) ‘Taking Tough Choices Seriously: Public Administration and Individual Moral Agency’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 16(3), p. 393. doi: 10.1093/jopart/mui050.
© The Author 2005. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.