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Ethics in Public Life

Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia

Authors: Winston, K.

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The topic of moral competence is generally neglected in the study of public management and policy, yet it is critical to any hope we might have for strengthening the quality of governance and professional practice. What does moral competence consist in? How is it developed and sustained? These questions are addressed in this book through close examination of selected practitioners in Asian countries making life-defining decisions in their work. The protagonists include a doctor in Singapore, a political activist in India, a mid-level bureaucrat in central Asia, a religious missionary in China, and a journalist in Cambodia—each struggling with ethical challenges that shed light on what it takes to act effectively and well in public life. Together they bear witness to the ideal of public service, exercising their personal gifts for the well-being of others and demonstrating that, even in difficult circumstances, the reflective practitioner can be a force for good.     

About the authors

Kenneth Winston is Lecturer in Ethics at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA, where he teaches practical and professional ethics.

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“Here, Winston examines the impact that ‘a rising Asia’ could have on global concepts of public ethics. … For specialists in the political art of practical reasoning, as Winston is, Ethics in Public Life presents a wide variety of fascinating examples of practical reasoning by Asian governance practitioners. … He provides a challenging restatement about global values in public ethics, with more than a hint of criticism of U.S. practices of good governance.” (John Uhr, Political Theory, Vol. 14 (1), March, 2016)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Winston, Kenneth

    Pages 1-31

  • A Gift of Life: Developing a Framework for Ethics

    Winston, Kenneth

    Pages 33-57

  • The Prison Master’s Dilemma: Ethics in a Non-Ideal World

    Winston, Kenneth

    Pages 59-95

  • Missionaries in China: The Ethics of Exporting Ethics

    Winston, Kenneth

    Pages 97-132

  • Exporting the Rule of Law to China

    Winston, Kenneth

    Pages 133-153

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethics in Public Life
Book Subtitle
Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia
Authors
Series Title
Asia Today
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Kenneth Winston
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49205-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137492050
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49204-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50456-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 261
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