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Government Ethics

Government Ethics book coverGovernment Ethics provides the world for the first time with a unique and international body of knowledge on ethics in Government and the public sector.

This book contains the views of distinguished experts in Government and academia and includes codes of conduct for Government officials, issues of official secrecy, privacy and military and police ethics. It also discusses conceptual values like 'trust'.

Title: Government Ethics: Teaching Ethics Series
Editor: Rosamund M. Thomas, Ph.D., M.A. (Cantab)
Binding: Hardback, pp. 724
Published: 2nd Edition, October 1996
Price: £39.95 (plus postage)
With colour illustration
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ISBN: 978-1-871891-03-4


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This international book Government Ethics  is the first in the Teaching Ethics Series , followed by Environmental Ethics   and Business Ethics, pioneered by Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics, Cambridge, UK. Edited by the Centre's Director, Dr Rosamund Thomas, this book is a key aid to 'Good Government' and 'anti-corruption' world-wide.

The book charts the way forward drawing on the experiences of the UK, USA, Canada, and India, including codes of ethics and financial disclosure of interests by Members of Parliament and others.

The contents cover:

  • Government Ethics General
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Secrecy, Access to information and Privacy
  • Concepts, Education and training


Teaching Ethics provides abundant proof that the ethical dilemmas of government employees are very complex; simply having a strong moral compass and a desire to do 'the right thing' are not enough to guide modern employees through ethical conundrums... Teaching Ethics reminds us that ethics in government is a process, not a state of being.

Hazel G. Beh and David L. Callies, Assistant Professor of Law and Kudo Professor of Law respectively, University of Hawaii

...the first volume of Teaching Ethics. It has been beautifully produced. I imagine that every institution which teaches or discusses ethical issues will need to acquire the full set...

Sir Adrian Cadbury, formerly Chairman, Cadbury Schweppes Plc and the Committee on Corporate Governance (UK)

...a library of material sufficiently compact to be of practical value in educational programmes for present and future participants in government, whether as politicians or officials.

Sir Peter Baldwin, Formerly Deputy Secretary, HM Treasury, Permanent Secretary, Department of Transport (UK)

I have enjoyed your 'Teaching Ethics' [Government Ethics] very much and I've had occasion to use it as well ... I was invited to Mongolia to consult with Government officials there about government ethics and ethics codes and I found your volume's international perspective very helpful in approaching that task

Ann Bailey, Chief Counsel, California Legislature, Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics (USA)