Ethics at the crossroads? Development in the ethical framework for local government

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58424
Title:
Ethics at the crossroads? Development in the ethical framework for local government
Authors:
Macaulay, M. (Michael); Lawton, A. L. (Alan)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School.
Citation:
Macaulay, M. and Lawton, A. L. (2004) 'Ethics at the crossroads? Development in the ethical framework for local government', Local Government Studies, 30 (4), pp.624-638.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Local Government Studies
Issue Date:
Dec-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58424
DOI:
10.1080/0300393042000318021
Abstract:
This article discusses the current state of the ethical framework for local government, which developed under the broader Modernisation Agenda of the Local Government Act 2000. It argues that the local government framework stands at a crossroads between the high road and the low road of ethics. Whereas the low road leads down the path of compliance and quantifiable performance measures, the high road is far more ambitious and leads to a culture of ethical governance. Recent developments - such as upcoming Section 66 regulations and the expansion of the role of the monitoring officer - have highlighted the choice between these two paths. This article will analyse the scope of unethical activity in local government, primarily in England, and map the regulatory terrain of the local government ethical framework. It identifies precursors to the framework and examines the way in which the Local Government Act 2000 built upon, and deviated from, the recommendations of the third report of the Committee for Standards in Public Life. Finally it discusses what has happened since the LGA 2000 Act was implemented, and assesses whether the framework is now poised to go down the high road of ethical culture or low road of compliance.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
ethics; local government; Local Government Act 2000; ethical framework; ethical governance
ISSN:
0300-3930
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 15/12/09]
Citation Count:
2 [Scopus, 15/12/09]

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dc.contributor.authorMacaulay, M. (Michael)-
dc.contributor.authorLawton, A. L. (Alan)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:51:44Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:51:44Z-
dc.date.issued2004-12-
dc.identifier.citationLocal Government Studies; 30 (4): 624-638-
dc.identifier.issn0300-3930-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0300393042000318021-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58424-
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses the current state of the ethical framework for local government, which developed under the broader Modernisation Agenda of the Local Government Act 2000. It argues that the local government framework stands at a crossroads between the high road and the low road of ethics. Whereas the low road leads down the path of compliance and quantifiable performance measures, the high road is far more ambitious and leads to a culture of ethical governance. Recent developments - such as upcoming Section 66 regulations and the expansion of the role of the monitoring officer - have highlighted the choice between these two paths. This article will analyse the scope of unethical activity in local government, primarily in England, and map the regulatory terrain of the local government ethical framework. It identifies precursors to the framework and examines the way in which the Local Government Act 2000 built upon, and deviated from, the recommendations of the third report of the Committee for Standards in Public Life. Finally it discusses what has happened since the LGA 2000 Act was implemented, and assesses whether the framework is now poised to go down the high road of ethical culture or low road of compliance.-
dc.publisherRoutledge-
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 15/12/09]-
dc.subjectethics-
dc.subjectlocal government-
dc.subjectLocal Government Act 2000-
dc.subjectethical framework-
dc.subjectethical governance-
dc.titleEthics at the crossroads? Development in the ethical framework for local government-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School.-
dc.identifier.journalLocal Government Studies-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount2 [Scopus, 15/12/09]-
or.citation.harvardMacaulay, M. and Lawton, A. L. (2004) 'Ethics at the crossroads? Development in the ethical framework for local government', Local Government Studies, 30 (4), pp.624-638.-
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