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Public Integrity: from anti-corruption rhetoric to substantive moral ideal

Heywood, Paul; Kirby, Nikolas

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Nikolas Kirby



Abstract

Recently, policy actors have posited the promotion of public integrity as a new response to corruption in government and the decline in trust in public institutions. However, often, this use of the term «public integrity» amounts to little more than rhetoric. Upon closer inspection, for many of those advocating its adoption, «public integrity» just means the absence of corruption, or whatever policy instruments will best prevent corruption. Thus, the putative new «public integrity agenda» is not new at all, but rather a rhetorical rebranding of the longer-standing anticorruption agenda. In this paper, we argue that such rhetorical use of the term «public integrity» is not harmless, but in fact risks damage to the overall cause of good governance and in particular the prospects of a genuinely novel, standalone, substantive «public integrity» agenda.

Citation

Heywood, P., & Kirby, N. (2020). Public Integrity: from anti-corruption rhetoric to substantive moral ideal. Etica Pubblica. Studi su Legalità e Partecipazione, 1(2), 11-32

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Oct 9, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 20, 2020
Journal Etica Pubblica. Studi su Legalità e Partecipazione
Print ISSN 2723-9012
Publisher Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 11-32
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/4949797
Related Public URLs http://eticapubblica.unipg.it

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