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Department
Political Science
Course
POLS 2250
Professor
Tim Mau
Semester
Winter

Description
POLS2250 Public Administration and Governance 03222017 Lecture 26 Tait Task Force DMs Task Force on Public Sector Values and Ethics Appointed in 1995 as a result of Program Review 1 of 9 DM task forces created Align values with current challenges (NPM) Savoie public sector bargain broken (AlMashat case) Tait Final Report: A Strong Foundation: Report of the Task Force on Public Service Values and Ethics, 1996 Tait argues there was a misinterpretation of what security of tenure meant Concept of employability Career public service professional, but not permanent 4 types of public sector values that emerged from report: o Democratic values anonymity, accountability, due process, rule of law, public interest, loyalty o Professional values excellence, professional competence, continuous improvement, merit, effectiveness, economy, speaking truth to power o Ethical values integrity, honesty, impartiality, probity, prudence, fairness, equity o People values courage, moderation, decency, reasonableness, responsibility, respect, civility, tolerance Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector Respect for Democracy o Importance of our democratic institutions for serving the public interest o Elected officials are accountable; nonpartisan public service Respect for People o Treat all people with fairness, respect, dignity Integrity o High ethical standards; cornerstone of good governance Stewardship (of public resources) Excellence (in design and delivery of public services) o Importance of engagement, collaboration and teamwork TensionConflict with New Values Liberal vs. republican citizenship (Aberbach Christensen) o Moved towards liberal citizenship under NPM o Individual selfinterest vs. collective goals and benefits o Important consequences for civic life No obligation to participate in civic life if not in selfinterest Use lawsloopholes to personal advantage Individualistic perception of education Citizen choice regarding services o Who are the customers? ex. broadcasters or public? o What are the appropriate levels of service? o Private sector goals differ from public sector
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