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Ethics in Public Life

Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia. Asia Today

By (author) K. Winston
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Published: 18th Mar 2015
Dimensions: w 140mm h 216mm d 16mm
Weight: 463g
ISBN-10: 113749204X
ISBN-13: 9781137492043
Barcode No: 9781137492043
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.

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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)