The rationale for embedding ethics and public value in public administration programmes

Vanesa Fuertes*

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When crises occur, revisiting given knowledge and practices seems sensible and necessary. For instance, the recent financial crisis in 2008 lead to questioning the role played by financial institutions and business schools in precipitating the crisis by allowing questionable professional ethics to go unchallenged. There is a current crisis in public administration in the UK, visible in the growing challenges to public sector professionals in their practice and in the increased questioning of the government as a guarantor of public services and welfare. To understand the current situation, exploring the role of public administration teaching and professional organisations in the UK is key. Have we perhaps neglected the teaching of ethics and public value as crucial tenets to the profession and to its practice? This paper explores the necessity, merits, and difficulties of embedding ethics and public value concepts into the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-269
Number of pages18
JournalTeaching Public Administration
Issue number3
Early online date15 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • curriculum
  • ethics
  • professionalism
  • public administration
  • public services
  • public value


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