"This title was first published in 2002: Political ethics is a rapidly growing field in disciplines such as political science, philosophy, applied ethics and public policy and it has become a major topic in current affairs' reporting of politics. This book discusses the most prominent subjects - and occasional victims - of the ethics debate: government ministers. It is the first major work to discuss institutional reforms around the world that target ministerial morality and asks: how are these reforms influencing the motivation and conduct of the most powerful of our politicians? The book provides unique insights into ministerial behaviour and the changing role of institutions in influencing the ethics of the executive, with analyses from around the world. Contributors to the volume include international high-profile players in political ethics. They include Lord Nolan, the first Chairman of Britain's Joint Parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public Life; Professor Robert J. Jackson, a leading Canadian political scientist instrumental in establishing the Canadian Office of the Ethics Counsellor; and Associate Professor Noel Preston, the leading commentator on ethics in Australian politics, who has been involved in developing a number of its ethical regimes."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
part PART I: MINISTERIAL ETHICS - THE PROBLEM AND THE THEORY chapter 1 The Case for Ministerial Ethics / Jenny Fleming chapter 2 Motivating Ministers to Morality chapter 3 'Educating Devils' : Theoretical Reflections on Ethics and Governance / Haig Patapan part PART II: LESSONS FROM WESTMINSTER: CODES AND CONVENTIONS chapter 4 The Role of Ministerial Responsibility in Motivating Ministers to Morality / Diana Woodhouse chapter 5 Ministerial Codes, Cabinet Rules and the Power of Prime Ministers / Patrick Weller chapter 6 Lessons from Westminster: The Scottish Executive and New Improved Codes of Conduct? / Mark Shephard part PART III: WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: SERVING THE PARTY chapter 7 Institutional Weaknesses, Ethical Misjudgement: German Christian Democrats and the Kohl Scandal / Wolfgang Seibel chapter 8 Problem or Solution? The Role of Ministerial Staff / Anne Tiernan part PART IV: ETHICAL VIGILANCE: WATCHDOGS AND GUARD DOGS chapter 9 Honesty and Corruption in the Canadian Federal Government: Regulating Ethics / Robert J. Jackson chapter 10 Integrity and Ministerial Office: The Queensland Integrity Commissioner / Noel Preston chapter 11 Conduct Unbecoming: Independent Commissions and Ministerial Adversaries / Jenny Fleming chapter 12 The Role of the Auditor-General in Scrutinizing Ministerial Ethics / John Wanna chapter 13 Ministerial Ethics and the Media / Stephen Tanner part PART V: MOTIVATING MINISTERIAL BEHAVIOUR chapter 14 Prior Advice is Better than Subsequent Investigation / Charles Sampford chapter 15 Moderating Ministerial Ethics: Putting Political Ethics in its Place / John Uhr chapter 16 Advancing Ministerial Ethics / Ian H olland and Jenny Fleming.