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Palgrave Macmillan

The Integrity of Governance

What it is, What we Know, What is Done and Where to go

ISBN 9781137380807
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Governance and Public Management

In the first book of its kind, Leo Huberts provides a much-needed critical synthesis of cutting-edge research on public sector integrity. The study explores a range of issues relating to the topic, including the definition and importance of public sector integrity and the various methodological approaches to the field, as well as considering the causes for the violation of values associated with integrity. It examines the steps that can be taken to improve adherence to these values in an attempt to put ethics on the agenda of government and governance research. The result is a study that will constitute a vital resource for students and scholars of comparative politics, public policy and public administration.

Leo Huberts is Professor of Public Administration at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a national and international expert on the integrity and quality of governance, with many publications on the topic as well as involvement as co-chair in national, European (EGPA) and global study groups (IIAS).

1. Introduction; Leo Huberts
2 The Multi Disciplinarity of Ethics and Integrity of Governance; Leo Huberts
3 Integrity and Integritism; Leo Huberts
4. Governance and Integrity; Leo Huberts
5 What Is Valued in Politics and Administration; Leo Huberts and Zeger van der Wal
6 What Goes Wrong: Integrity Violations; Leo Huberts and Karin Lasthuizen
7 Why It Goes Wrong: Causes of Corruption; Leo Huberts and Gjalt de Graaf
8. What Is Done to Protect Integrity: Policies, Institutions, and Systems; Leo Huberts, Fredérique Six, Mieke van Tankeren, André van Montfort and Hester Paanakker
9 Placing Integrity of Governance in Context; Leo Huberts

Zeger van der Wal, National University of Singapore
Karin Lasthuizen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Gjalt De Graaf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Fredérique Six, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Mieke van Tankeren, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
André van Montfort, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Hester Paanakker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands


This book addresses a most important, yet hardly addressed topic in the field of ethics, values and norms in governance, that is, the integrity of our elites, administrators and street level bureaucrats. For more than two decades, Leo Huberts has done in-depth investigations on this dimension of public ethics and this book is the excellent culmination thereof. Because the book addresses the definition of integrity, the causes of integrity problems and relates this to principles of governance, this book is a must-read for all scholars and students interested in understanding what causes our leaders and their staff sometimes to act differently than they are supposed to act.
Michiel S de Vries/President of IASIA, Chair in Public Administration, Radboud University Nijmegen
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