making local government more ethical

Recommended Reading

Bowman, James S., ed.
Ethical Frontiers in Public Management: Seeking New Strategies for Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
(Jossey-Bass/American Society for Public Administration, 1994)
ISBN: 9780787900021

Bruce, Willa ed.,
Classics of Administrative Ethics
(Westview/American Society for Public Administration, 2001)
ISBN: 9780813398112

Cooper, Terry L,
The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role
(Jossey-Bass, 1998)
ISBN: 9780787976514

Jacobs, Jane,
Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
(Vintage, 1992)
ISBN: 9780679748168

Kidder, Rushworth,
Moral Courage
(Morrow, 2005)
ISBN: 9780060591540

Lazare, Aaron,
On Apology
(Oxford University Press, 2004)
ISBN: 9780195173437

Lewis, Carol W. and Stuart C. Gillman,
The Ethics Challenge in Public Service: A Problem-Solving Guide
(American Society for Public Administration, 2005)
ISBN: 9780787967567

Price, Terry L.,
Understanding Ethical Failures in Leadership
(Cambridge, 2006)
ISBN: 9780521837248

Thompson, Dennis F.,
Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare
(Cambridge University Press, 2004)
ISBN: 9780521838306

West, Jonathan P., and Berman, Evan M., eds,
The Ethics Edge
(International City/County Management Association, 2006)
ISBN: 9780873261616

Runners up:

These three are books I haven't read yet, but they seem valuable. Others might recommend them. I've read essays by Menzel, and he's very good.

  • Geuras, Dean and Charles Garofalo, Practical Ethics in Public Administration (Management Concepts, 2005)
  • Local Government Institute, Ethics: Honesty and Fairness in the Public Service (Local Government Institute, 1997; manual and disk)
  • Menzel, Donald C., Ethics Management for Public Administrators: Building Organizatiions of Integrity (M.E. Sharpe, 2006)